The 2010 hurricane season has officially come to an end with many breathing a sigh of relief. Fortunately, South Florida has gone through another hurricane season where we have not been hit by a storm.
By the numbers, however, this was a monstrous season. Nineteen (19) storms were named this past season, which ranks as the third busiest season on record. Fortunately, the mainland US was able to escape this busy season. The mainland was not hit by a major hurricane strike for the fifth straight year. As South Floridians, we’re used to braving powerful storms, but this year we were hardly affected by Tropical Storms Bonnie and Nicole.
According to a spokesperson from the National Hurricane Center, South Florida has never gone more than five years without a major hurricane strike. If South Florida does not get hit by a storm next year, it would set a record. However, we shouldn’t bet on setting this record.
This streak of not being hit by storms coincides with a surge in storms. Since 1995, the La Nina weather pattern and warm Atlantic Ocean temperatures have sparked a string of very active seasons. As a result, the season was still deadly, especially in the Caribbean. A hurricane caused widespread flooding and killed at least 20 there and 14 more in St. Lucia. Belize, Mexico, Cuba and Honduras were also struck by storms or hurricanes.
The only parts of the mainland which were affected by any sort of storm were Texas and North Carolina. Tropical Storm Hermine triggered flooding and was blamed for six deaths. Hurricane Earl only brushed the East Coast, but it caused massive flooding in North Carolina.
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