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  • The 2004 Atlantic hurricane season had an unusually late date of formation for its first tropical cyclone. It was also notable because more than half of the season's 16 tropical cyclones brushed or struck the United States. The hurricane season officially began on June 1, and ended on November 30. Due to a Modoki El Niño – a rare type of El Niño in which unfavorable conditions are produced over the eastern Pacific instead of the Atlantic basin due to warmer sea surface temperatures farther west along the equatorial Pacific – activity was above average. The first storm, Alex, developed offshore of the Southeastern United States on July 31. It brushed the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, causing relatively minor impact. Other storms that resulted in minor impacts include Tropical Storms Bonnie, Earl, Hermine, Matthew, and Subtropical Storm Nicole. In addition, Hurricanes Danielle, Karl, and Lisa, Tropical Depression Ten, and Tropical Storm Otto caused no impact on land while tropical cyclones. Hurricane Charley became the second-costliest hurricane in United States history, at the time, after striking Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving $14 billion in damage. Wikipedia

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