(TWC) - When you think of October and November, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind are the leaves changing color and falling on your lawn. Or maybe those first few cold fronts of the season bringing cooler, drier air to the country?
Certainly these things do not make you think of tropical weather, but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down during the final two months of the hurricane season.
The Weather Channel's Senior Meteorologist Stu Ostro says, "On the one hand, the vast majority of hurricanes that hit the U.S. do so prior to October. In the past 50 years, more than 80 percent of them have. On the other hand, that's not 100 percent, and there have been deadly and destructive ones late in the season, so we need to remain vigilant."
Hazel, Kate, Wilma and Mitch - these are just a few of the names that pop into the minds of meteorologists when thinking about historic late-season hurricanes.