Atlantic Hurricane Season Blows Away Records

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Sunday, set a number of weather records in the U.S. and Cuba.

The insurance industry recorded at least $10.6 billion in losses this hurricane season.

That includes $8.1 billion in insured damage from Hurricane Ike, which ranked as the seventh most expensive catastrophe in U.S. history.

Details come from the Insurance Information Institute in New York.

Deadly Ike slammed Southeast Texas on Sept. 13.

Six consecutive named storms -- Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike -- struck the U.S. mainland, something that hasn't been seen in recorded history.

It's also the first time a major hurricane, those with winds of at least 111 mph, formed in five consecutive months -- July through November. And Bertha spun about for 17 days, making it the longest lived storm in July.

Two records involve storms hitting the same places repeatedly. Rain-heavy Fay was the only storm to hit the same state -- Florida -- four times, leaving heavy flood damage in its wake.

A record three major hurricanes smacked Cuba: Gustav, Ike and Paloma.

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