Hurricane season comes to quiet end

MIAMI (AP) - A busy Atlantic hurricane season ends Tuesday and the U.S. has been spared any major storms for a fifth straight year.

All told, 19 named storms formed in the Atlantic, the third-highest total on record, and 12 became hurricanes, the second-highest total on record.

In the U.S., Texas suffered the worst of the tropical weather, with flooding, deaths, and tens of millions of dollars in damage attributed to storms. But most of activity hit elsewhere, including Haiti, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the last major hurricane of Category 3 or stronger to hit the U.S. The U.S. has never before gone more than five consecutive years without a major hurricane.

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