[UPDATE] U.S. Escapes Major Hurricanes for 5th Straight Year

By: AP
By: AP

Statement by GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST Regarding the End of the Atlantic Hurricane Season

“As we welcome the end of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season today, I want to remind Floridians that hazardous weather can happen 365 days a year. Preparedness shouldn’t end with hurricane season. I encourage all Florida families and businesses to be prepared for the possibility of dangerous storms in the winter and spring too.

“Thankfully, we’ve been blessed with a mild hurricane season that spared our state from a devastating impact equal to those of season’s past. Now is a great time to review and update disaster plans and supplies.

“This holiday season, consider holiday gift baskets of preparedness items for families in need and donate non-expired goods to a local food bank or charitable community group. Items like a NOAA alert radio can become a lifesaving stocking stuffer.”


Miami, FL (AP) - A busy Atlantic hurricane season ends Tuesday and
the U.S. has been spared any major storms for a fifth straight

All told, 19 named storms formed in the Atlantic, the
third-highest total on record, and 12 became hurricanes, the
second-highest total on record.

In the U.S., Texas suffered the worst of the tropical weather,
with flooding, deaths, and tens of millions of dollars in damage
attributed to storms. But most of activity hit elsewhere, including
Haiti, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last major hurricane of Category
3 or stronger to hit the U.S. The U.S. has never before gone more
than five consecutive years without a major hurricane.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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