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14 Jan 2009 description

The 2008 hurricane season was the fourth most active in terms of named storms (16) and major hurricanes (five) since 1944 when aircraft reconnaissance of tropical storms and hurricanes began. Other records were also broken: 2008 was the first Atlantic season to have a major hurricane (Category 3+) form in five consecutive months: July: Bertha, August: Gustav, September: Ike, October: Omar, November: Paloma. Four of these five major hurricanes directly impacted the Bank's Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

This high activity is related to several conditions including:

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