Nov 29 (Reuters) - The Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season that ends on
Wednesday set a slew of records. Here are some of them, according to the
U.S. National Hurricane Center:
MOST TROPICAL STORMS: There were 26 tropical storms in 2005 (so far).
The old record was 21 storms, set in 1933. This year marked the first
time forecasters turned to the Greek alphabet for storm names (Alpha,
Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon) after using up their annual list of 21
MOST HURRICANES: Thirteen tropical storms strengthened into hurricanes,
with top sustained winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph). The old record
was 12, set in 1969.
-- reached the top rank on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of
hurricane intensity, with sustained winds over 155 mph (294 kph).
National Hurricane Center records show only two years, 1960 and 1961,
with more than one Category 5 storm and researchers now doubt that one
of those 1960 storms actually reached that milestone.
the stronger the storm and Hurricane Wilma's briefly dropped to 882
millibars, the lowest ever recorded in the Atlantic-Caribbean basin. The
previous most intense storm was Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which had a
minimum pressure of 888 millibars at its peak.
and Alabama in late August, caused at least $80 billion of damage,
making it the costliest hurricane on record and probably the costliest
natural disaster ever to strike the United States. Previously the most
costly hurricane was Andrew, which caused $26.5 billion in losses when
it hit southeast Florida and Louisiana in 1992. (Writing by Jane Sutton