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NOAA reports above-average hurricane season

The 2012 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean shook out to produce above-average storm activity, which marked the second consecutive year that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast “suffered devastating impacts from a named storm,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” National Weather Service acting director Laura Furgione said in a report. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts become more weather-ready by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline.”

Nov. 30 marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane.

The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three.

This season marked the second consecutive year that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating effects from a named storm that was not a hurricane when it made landfall. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding and wind.

“Each storm carries a unique set of threats that can be deadly and destructive,” Furgione said in the report. “Mother Nature reminded us again this year of how important it is to be prepared and vigilant.”

NOAA will release its preseason outlook for the 2013 hurricane season in May.

Click here for the full NOAA report.