MIAMI (AP) -- The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has ended and
it's a study in contradiction.
The usual targets in the southeastern U.S. were spared, but
Irene paralyzed the Eastern seaboard and left behind devastating
and deadly flooding across the Northeast.
It was the sixth straight year without landfall of a major
hurricane, yet Irene was one of the costliest storms in U.S.
history and killed at least 47 people. Irene was not considered a
major hurricane because it was not a Category 3 when it made
There were 19 tropical storms. That's the third-highest number
on record. But there was only a slightly higher-than-average number
of hurricanes, with six.