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Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy were the most disruptive to the travel industry causing flight cancellations and altering the courses and even cancelling cruises. Typically one expects itinerary changes during hurricane season, but usually the ships are able to sail to more peaceful waters away from the approaching storm.
In the case of Superstorm Sandy, which was a hurricane on steroids, ports were closed preventing people from getting to the pier and ships from getting back to the port, thus cancelling the cruise completly.
Cruise lines take the safety of passengers, crew, and ships very seriously, so decisions that were made, to alter courses or even cancel the cruises, were done in the interest of safety.
Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Hit Hard
According to a press release issued by NOAA, This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and wind. Storms struck many parts of the country this year, including tropical storms Beryl and Debby in Florida, Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, and Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy in New Jersey.
“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more “weather ready” by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline. Each storm carries a unique set of threats that can be deadly and destructive. Mother Nature reminded us again this year of how important it is to be prepared and vigilant.”
Early Start but Ends on Time
The Atlantic Hurricane Season got off to an early start with two named storms, Alberto and Beryl, developing prior to the June 1st official start. The season ended prior to November 30th with Sandy impacting the East Coast of the United States.
Read More: Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the Atlantic (NOAA)
Season in Review
SUMMARY TABLE NAME DATES MAX WIND (MPH) --------------------------------------------------- TS ALBERTO 19-22 MAY 60 TS BERYL 26-30 MAY 70 H CHRIS 19-22 JUN 75 TS DEBBY 23-27 JUN 60 H ERNESTO 1-10 AUG 85 TS FLORENCE* 3-6 AUG 60 H GORDON 15-20 AUG 110 TS HELENE 9-18 AUG 45 H ISAAC 21 AUG-1 SEP 80 TS JOYCE 22-24 AUG 40 H KIRK 28 AUG-2 SEP 105 H LESLIE 30 AUG-11 SEP 75 MH MICHAEL 3-11 SEP 115 H NADINE 11 SEP-4 OCT 90 TS OSCAR 3-5 OCT 50 TS PATTY 11-13 OCT 45 H RAFAEL 12-17 OCT 90 H SANDY 22-29 OCT 110 TS TONY 22-25 OCT 50