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HURRICANE SEASON 2012 Sarasota County staff member Weiqi Lin took this photo of waves breaking over North Beach Road on Siesta Key when Tropical Storm Debby was lashing the coastline in June. Photo courtesy Sarasota County STORMS CAME AND MOSTLY WENT, UNTIL SANDY PUT ITS NAME IN THE RECORD BOOKS WITH ITS PRE-ELECTION DEVASTATION By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The 2012 hurricane season ended Nov. 30, but considering how it started, we waited to see whether any late-season storms would blow up before putting a cap on this story. Nearly two weeks before the season began, Tropical Storm Alberto was up and running off the coast of South Carolina. It headed off into the mid-Atlantic and threatened nobody. The entire year was a bit like that ��� with the exception of Hurricane Sandy, which we have already reviewed (SNL Nov. 8). The second storm was also a preemie. Beryl came ashore in St. Mary���s (north of Jacksonville) on May 28 as a 40 mph tropical storm Beryl was a rainmaker from Georgia south to the Tampa-Orlando area. Image courtesy National Weather Service radar

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