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Hurricane churns in Atlantic

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE, MD | November 26, 2001

Hurricane Olga was churning in the Atlantic Tuesday with 85-mph winds.

Although the storm was not a threat to land, it was generating swells that could affect the U.S. east coast, said forecasters. Bermuda was experiencing wind gusts and swells Tuesday, and the Bahamas and northern Caribbean islands could expect heavy seas as well.

On Tuesday morning, Olga was stalled some 400 miles east of Bermuda.

The storm is spawning 12-foot waves but it will not hit the U.S., said Frank Lepore, spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forecasters said the storm will likely meander in the Atlantic over the next few days.

Olga is the 15th named storm and the ninth hurricane of this year's June-to-November Atlantic and Caribbean hurricane season, which officially ends Friday. Late-November storms are not uncommon, pointed out Lepore.

"Hurricanes occur in all months except January, February, and April," he said.

Historically, about 4 percent of hurricanes form in November. In 1998, Hurricane Nicole churned up from Nov. 24 through Dec. 1.

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