November 30, 2011 -
Today marks the official end of the 2011 hurricane season, which was quiet for Florida, but included two notable storms. The season began in devastating fashion for the people of Mexico with Hurricane Arlene, which hit near Veracruz and killed 25, causing more than $200 million in damage. This year also brought the bizarre Irene, which tracked up the east coast, threatening major population centers, flooding the mid-Atlantic and northeast and making landfall in New Jersey. New York and Vermont, not accustomed to tracking Caribbean storms, were hard hit by Irene, which ultimately caused 56 deaths in the Caribbean and the U.S.. Most of the storms that formed this year took a similar hard northward turn like Irene and went up the coast before blowing out into the Atlantic. One storm, Hurricane Emily, did threaten southeast Florida, but also turned out to sea.