The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season featured 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number is well above the average and also slightly above the May outlook.
This season marks the third year in a row with 19 named storms and the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and northeast suffered devastating impacts from Sandy this year and Irene last year.
The season got off to a slow start but the tropical activity peaked in August.
Michael was the strongest but the only major hurricane of the season with peak winds of 115 mph and it stayed away from land.
Nadine was the storm that kept going and going and became the 2nd longest lasting storm.
In all, four storms hit the U.S.. Isaac and sandy did the most damage.
Isaac made landfall in Louisiana late in August with a price tag over $2 billion.
Then a few months later, superstorm Sandy topped Isaac's impact. As she hit the mid-Atlantic destruction and devastation followed. Sandy became the 2nd costliest storm with a price tag over $65 billion. This is another example that it only takes a couple of hurricanes to make it a very bad season.
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