2012 hurricane season another for record books

Tracks from 2012 hurricanes.

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Tracks from 2012 hurricanes.

MIAMI — The 2012 hurricane season has come to an end and it's another one for the record books, above and beyond the destruction of Sandy.

There were 19 named storms in what meteorologists consider an above-average year that tied as being the third most-active season since 1851.

Even without a so-called major storm reaching the U.S. there was plenty of damage. A storm is classed as major once its top sustained winds reach 111 mph.

Seven years have now gone by without a major hurricane making U.S. landfall, the longest stretch on record.

Sandy morphed from hurricane to Superstorm on its way to wreaking havoc across the Northeast. It left millions without power and killed at least 125 people in the U.S. and 71 in the Caribbean.

2012 SEASON AT A GLANCE

■ Deadliest storm: Sandy, 253 deaths

■ Costliest storm: Sandy, more than $70 billion, according to The New York Times

■ Lowest pressure in a hurricane: Sandy, 940 mb

■ Highest category: Michael, Category 3; no major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) has hit U.S. since 2005.

■ Highest wind: Michael, 115 mph

■ Earliest storm: Alberto, May 19

■ Latest storm: Sandy, Oct. 29

■ Longest duration: Nadine, 24 days

■ Shortest duration: Joyce, 3 days

— Facts from AccuWeather.com

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