Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
Congratulations! You survived Emily, Irene, Rina, and all those other storms that threatened to come near us, yet never did. Yes, we've endured another hurricane season, and we won't even have to think about any possible category fives until next June.
Despite seeming relatively quiet (except for the media overreaction to Irene in New York), the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season is actually tied for the third-most active season on record. The NOAA's predictions
of 12 to 18 named storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes was fairly accurate. There were indeed 18 named storms, but only seven developed into hurricanes.
No storms reached Category Five this year, and only Katia and Ophelia reached Category Four-strength winds. Though both of those storms stayed far out in the Atlantic Ocean and never hit land with hurricane-strength winds.
All in all, the total damage across the Atlantic coast from the Hurricane season was estimated to be just upwards of $11.6 billion dollars. $10.1 billion of that is attributed to Hurricane Irene.
Irene was also the deadliest storm, causing 56 of the 120 deaths during the season.
Thankfully, only three storms this season had any effect on Florida: Tropical Storms Arlene, Bert and Emily, and even that effect was minimal.
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