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Deadly 2012 Atlantic storm season officially ends

Published on Dec 1, 2012 6:04 AM
Jean Marie Brennan walks along the jetty at Lighthouse Point Park as Hurricane Sandy passes offshore in Ponce Inlet, Florida on Oct 26, 2012. Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the US East Coast on Friday after killing at least 31 people on a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - The dreaded Atlantic hurricane season drew to a close on Friday, ending an active chapter that included the particularly devastating Hurricane Sandy, which wrought havoc in the north-eastern United States (US).

Only one named storm this year reached the strength to officially classify it as a "major hurricane," but it wasn't any of the ones most would think, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.

The major storm was Michael, which built to category three status but stayed far from land.

Sandy, in contrast, caused tens of billions of dollars of damage and killed at least 59 in the Caribbean and more than 110 in the US, mainly while churning at category one status and after it transitioned into a post-tropical storm.

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