The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on November 30, but the impact of the most devastating storms will continue for many months to come. 

Progress in forecasting and accurate early warnings has prevented much loss of life, but more remains to be done – and this will be the focus of an international workshop, held once every four years. 

In total, this hurricane season produced 14 named storms, with winds of 63 kmh (39 mph) or greater, of which eight became hurricanes, with winds of 119 kmh (74 mph) or greater.

Two intensified to major hurricanes – Fiona and Ian – with winds of more than 178 kmh (111 mph), according to the end-of-season tally from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

An average hurricane season has 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The 2022 season was quieter than 2020 and 2021, which were both so active that the regular list of rotating names was exhausted. But it takes just one landfalling storm to wreck communities and economies.  

In addition to the loss and damage witnessed in the Atlantic and Caribbean, powerful tropical hit Asia (including China, Japan, the Philippines and Viet Nam) in 2022. 

A succession of tropical cyclones rolled back sustainable development in the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar.   

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