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’09 hurricane season ends quietly

Associated Press / December 1, 2009

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Atlantic hurricane season ended yesterday with barely a whimper: Not a single hurricane came ashore in the United States since June, when the season began. Just nine named storms developed. Only three became hurricanes, and those stayed at sea or weakened before hitting land.

Two tropical storms made landfall in the United States, causing little more than beach erosion.

“We had a great, great year,’’ said Chris Vecsey, a salesman at Top Gun Tackle in Orange Beach, Ala., near where Tropical Storm Ida slogged ashore in November.

The National Hurricane Center had anticipated nine to 14 storms, with four to seven hurricanes.

The 2009 hurricane season was the quietest since 2006, which had five hurricanes, none of which made landfall.