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2010 storm season ends

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

It’s doubtful many Islanders — other than those with the names — will remember Lisa or Karl or Paula.

The 2010 hurricane season ending this week was active for the Atlantic region with 19 named storms, but it was not an active season for the Florida Gulf Coast.

A record 12 hurricanes formed in the 2010 season causing devastation and death in the Caribbean and South and Central Americas, but none made landfall in the United States.

“I paid more attention to the weather up north, like the ‘chicane’ in the Midwest, than here,” said Anna Maria resident Carl Harvey. “It hasn’t been a memorable storm year.”

As the final month of the season began, four storm names remained unused — Shary, Tomas, Virginie and Walter — from the list of 21 official names.

November — and the season — ended with hurricanes Shary and Tomas which didn’t impact Florida.

The first storm of the 2010 season, Alex formed June 25 and made landfall as a category 2 hurricane June 30 along the northeast Mexico coast.

Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in late July, followed by Collin, Danielle, Earl and Fiona in August.

Eight tropical storms formed in September. Three — Igor, Julia and Karl — became major hurricanes, and Lisa achieved hurricane status. The number of storms for the month was 78 percent above average, putting overall tropical cyclone activity for the year at 53 percent above average.

Hurricanes Otto, Paula and Richard followed in October.

For the season, the National Hurricane Center predicted 20 named storms, including 12 hurricanes, six of them major hurricanes.

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