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The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season was an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season was an above average season that produced 16 named storms, 7 hurricanes, but only 2 major hurricanes. The small hurricane counts were due to the season's majority of storms that formed at sea and dissipated due to the Saharan Air Layer. The season began with Tropical Storm Arthur on June 3, and ended following the dissipation of Tropical Depression Paulette. The strongest storm of the season was Hurricane Josephine, which peaked as a Category 5 which traveled throughout the Caribbean Sea making landfall on Central America and parts of the Mexican coastline.
Pre-season forecasts by Colorado State University (CSU) had stated a slighly above average season with 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association called for a below average season in its pre-season forecast on May 21. Both agencies had predicted a weak El Nino, which limits Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. Despite this, the season still produced 16 named storms, exceeding their original predictions.
The impacts from 2014 were not as bad as the previous years. However, Hurricane Gonzalo's devastating affects in the United States took a wide majority of the final damage total. In early June, Tropical Storm Arthur dropped heavy rains and gusty winds on South Texas, causing 10 deaths and 123 million dollars in damages. During August and September, Hurricanes Gonzalo and Josephine produced heavy damages to the United States and Caribbean Islands. However, around the end of the season, Tropical Storm Paulette tracked an erratic track on and off of the Florida peninsula. This later produced 899 million dollars in damages and 13 deaths.
The following names were used to name storms that formed in the North Atlantic in 2014. The names not retired from the list will be used in the 2020 season. This is the same list used in the 2008 season with the exception of Gonzalo, Isaias, and Paulette, which replaced the names Gustav, Ike, and Paloma respectively.