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Monday, September 28, 1998 Published at 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK


Hurricanes queue up in the Atlantic

Jerry Jarrell, Director of the National Hurricane Centre points to the eye of the storm

As the most dangerous hurricane of the season causes havoc over the United States Gulf coast, three more tropical weather systems are following close behind.

But the others - Jeanne, Ivan and Karl - are weakening after a busy few days for storm forecasters.

The hurricane frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean is a rare meteorological event not seen since 1893.

Georges has been the most dangerous hurricane of the year, killing at least 300 in the Caribbean before heading for the US mainland.

But winds topping 130kph have been recorded in Hurricane Jeanne, now located about 1500km southwest of the mid-Atlantic Azores.

It is slowing as it moves north at a pace of around 30kph, but it is still thought that the islands could be under threat in about 48 hours.

By Saturday, Hurricane Ivan had weakened to tropical storm strength as winds dropped below 120kph, the speed that classifies a hurricane, and by Sunday was no longer even officially classed as a tropical storm.

Karl is still a hurricane with winds of about 130kph, but is expected to weaken. On Monday, it was about 900km west of the Azores and racing northeast at nearly 70kph.

As the other winds drop, the main focus is still on the deadly Georges as it batters the US mainland.

But with more than two months left in the hurricane season, there is still time for more to form.

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