That was great news for Vermilion Parish residents when it comes to describing the 2011 Atlantic Storm Season which ends Thursday.
There were 19 total storms this hurricane season and only one, Tropical Storm Lee, made landfall in Louisiana.
Lee came ashore near New Orleans and brought heavy rain in September. The storm also produced 20 tornadoes in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
“We were just put on standby,” said Becky Broussard of the Vermilion Parish Office of Preparedness. “It was an active Atlantic season, but not for us.”
It has been three years now since Vermilion Parish has been hit with either a tropical storm or hurricane.
Hurricane Irene was the most destructive storm in 2011.
Hurricane Irene triggered the worst flooding in decades in 10 states along the East Coast, including New York and New Jersey. The system left more than 40 dead and caused about $7 billion in damage.
Several unusual things included the first eight tropical storms failing to intensify into a hurricane and breaking the previous record of six, set in 2002. Only two systems (Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Louisiana) struck the U.S. coastline, when on average four do. Despite seasonal outlooks calling for up to 10 hurricanes, the tropics were tempered by a weather pattern created over the Indian Ocean, of all places. And although 19 named storms emerged, only seven hurricanes formed. Normally, 11 to 12 hurricanes would form with 19 storms.