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Today one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record comes to an end. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is quick to point out that although a total of 19 named storms formed, the extremely active season was a ‘gentle giant’ for the U.S. That is because none of the 12 storms that developed into hurricanes–including five that reached “major hurricane” status of a Category 3 or higher–in the Atlantic actually struck the U.S. In fact, no major Category 3 or stronger hurricanes have hit the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.


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