Reviewing the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Reviewing the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season
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POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 9:34am

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season proved to be an active one last year. Overall, 19 named storms formed, of which, 10 became hurricanes. The strongest of the season was Hurricane Michael. It reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale in September 2012, but did not directly impact any land locations as it formed and fizzled in the Atlantic Ocean.

(Image: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.)

Tropical Storm Beryl, Tropical Storm Debby, Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy were the only named storms in the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season to make landfall in the United States. Though, Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t make a direct landfall as a named cyclone in the U.S., the remnants still impacted areas of the East Coast with heavy rains and gusty winds. Tropical Storm Alberto and Tropical Storm Beryl both formed before the season began on June 1.

(Image: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall in northeast Florida with winds of 70 mph. Overall, damage reports were estimated less than $150,000, but a fallen tree killed a man in South Carolina.

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Tropical Storm Debby was the first cyclone to put areas of the Gulf Coast on alert in the 2012 season. On June 23, it formed about 290 miles southeast of Louisiana. Original forecasts tracked it into Louisiana and Texas, but later information projected it into Florida. Debby made landfall on the north-central Gulf Coast of Florida and flooded hundreds of homes as torrential rains dropped 20-30 inches over a three day span there. Debby caused at least $210 million in losses and 10 deaths.

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Hurricane Isaac made big impacts in Louisiana and northern Gulf Coast states as it made landfall on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It moved onshore as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, caused over $2.35 billion in damage and killed 9 people in the United States; five in Louisiana and two each in Mississippi and Florida. Over 900,000 homes lost power, which accounts for nearly 50% of the state's energy users.

(Image: NBC33 Staff)

St. John the Baptist Parish, one of the hardest hit areas, saw an eight to ten foot storm surge, which caused massive flooding in hundreds of homes. Over 3500 residents were rescued and/or evacuated there. Click here to read how NBC33 embedded in the National Guard in LaPlace.

Jindal Press Conference NBC33 News Staff

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A day after Isaac made landfall, Tangipahoa Parish officials warned residents from Kentwood to Robert, Louisiana that the Lake Tangipahoa Dam at Percy Quin State Park could fail. It sustained heavy damage from days of torrential rains and high winds and was given a 50 percent chance of failing. Luckily, the dam held and did not flood the already-high Tangipahoa River. Check out this story we post on August 30, 2012, "Jindal: Evacuate now if you're near Tangipahoa River."

Hurricane Sandy came near the end of hurricane season in October causing major damage along the East Coast. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 season and went in the record books as the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history; second to Hurricane Katrina.

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Damage reports came in along the entire East Coast, but were most severe in New Jersey and New York. The iconic Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey sustained heavy damage, eight subway tunnels in New York City flooded, and hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or rendered a total loss. Overall, Sandy caused 147 fatalities, up to $74.7 billion in damage and put millions of people in the dark for days.

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Louisiana State Police were sent to help in recovery efforts in New Jersey. A few days later, they found themselves bundling up and dealing with snow, as a cold Canadian air mass pushed south into the region and mixed with Sandy’s precipitation. Click here to view the entire "Louisiana State Police assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery in NJ" photo gallery.

Due to the number of deaths and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name “Sandy” from the Atlantic Hurricane names and replaced it with Sara for the upcoming 2018 season. 

Click here to see what forecasters say about the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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