Thursday, December 01, 2005

An ill-wind: Hurricane season smashes all records | the Daily Mail

Well now that it's over, it's official: this year's hurricane season smashed all records... "There were 26 tropical storms in 2005, smashing the old record of 21 storms, set in 1933... Thirteen tropical storms strengthened into hurricanes, with top sustained winds of at least 74mph (119kph). The old record was 12, set in 1969. But it was not just the frequency of storms this season which brought the most destruction. The 2005 season saw the most Category 5 hurricanes. Three deadly hurricanes - Katrina, Rita and Wilma - reached the top rank on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, with sustained winds over 155mph (294kph)."

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