Atlantic storm season peaks with few storms so far

MIAMI (AP) - In August, government forecasters said they expected El Nino's wind shear to quell tropical storm activity. That would mean fewer named storms in the season that lasts from June through November.

Gerry Bell of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says that's
happening. Bell says the El Nino is offsetting the warm ocean
temperatures and other wind patterns that normally fuel storms this time of year in the peak of the season.

Tropical Storm Ana became the first named storm of this season on Aug. 15. Five more storms have formed since then, including hurricanes Bill and Fred.

Hurricane Fred is expected to weaken Friday over the open
Atlantic.

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