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As of late September, the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts have been spared a major strike the likes of Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. But that’s not to say it has been due to a lack of activity.

Last month, the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Humberto, which made landfall near the Louisiana and Texas border on Sept. 13, 2007, formed just off the coast of Texas and intensified into a Category 1 storm in just 18 hours. That’s faster than any other hurricane on record when its close proximity to the coast is taken into consideration. If it had formed in the middle of the Gulf, it could have strengthened even more than it did, and potentially causing property damage in an area still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

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