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IN BRIEF / FLORIDA

Final Atlantic Storm of '05 Season Breaks Up

January 07, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Tropical Storm Zeta fell apart in the open Atlantic, finally bringing the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season to an end, forecasters said in Miami.

Zeta, which was never a threat to land, set one last record before strong wind shear and dry air robbed it of its wind speed and other characteristics of a tropical system: No named storm ever endured so long into January.

Zeta was the last and 27th named storm in the season that officially ended Nov. 30. Its demise was a relief for forecasters, who normally don't have to worry about storms in the middle of winter.

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