The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season that officially began on the first of June and will get over on November 30. So far the coastal areas of the United States have been spared any seriously major storms.
A few stats of the hurricanes this season so far - Hurricane Bill got the distinction of being the first major hurricane of the season. Hurricane Fred caused damages worth $500 million in Georgia and left 10 fatalities; it also became only the third known major hurricane east of 35 degree W.
One reason why the 2009 hurricane season has been relatively quiet is because of the El Nino currents in the Pacific. Experts; however, warn that the hurricane season is not yet over and the country could be in for one or two “monster storms”. This is because of the fact that although the El Nino conditions can put a lid on hurricane-forming conditions in the Caribbean and the tropical Atlantic Ocean, hurricanes can be spawned elsewhere.
As of now the storms to have occurred in 2009 include the following -
Ana - Ana was a tropical storm that hit the CaribbeanIslands around the 15th and 16th of August. It was the first named storm of the 2009 storm season. The storm did not cause much damage, except some flooding in the streets of Puerto Rico.
Bill - Hurricane Bill had the distinction of being the first major hurricane of the 2009 storm season. Hurricane Bill peaked as a Category Four hurricane. On the night of August 22nd, areas on the eastern coast of Massachusetts received heavy rainfall.
Claudette - Tropical storm Claudette was the first major storm of the 2009 season to severely affect the United States. Florida bore the brunt of the storm with two fatalities and loss of power in homes across the state.
Danny - Tropical storm Danny affected North Carolina and one fatality was reported. In Canada, the remnants of the storm caused major flooding and rains in Nova Scotia.
Fred - Hurricane Fred was one of the eastern-most hurricanes to have ever hit the United States. It peaked as a Category Three hurricane with wind speeds of up to 120 mph.
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