Deadly 2012 Hurricane Season Ends:
Despite Sandy’s destructive power, which left millions in the cold without electricity and killed at least 125 people in the U.S. and 71 in the Caribbean, the end of the 2012 hurricane season marks the continuation of a seven-year streak since a category 3 or higher hurricane has made landfall in the U.S.
But Sandy showed that even a weak hurricane can wreak devastation when combined with a nor’easter. The superstorm left the east coast with $80 billion in damage, the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after 2005′s Hurricane Katrina.
Typically the U.S. experiences 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes with three reaching category three storm status. This year meteorologists named 19 storms, 10 became hurricanes and just one a Category 3 or higher, though it remained in the Atlantic Ocean. The above-average hurricane season this year tied as being the third most-active season since 1851.