The 2011 hurricane season officially ended on December 1, 2011. The season produced a total of 19 tropical storms. Seven of the 19 storms reached hurricane intensity and three of the seven hurricanes were considered major storms (category 3 or greater).
Delaware residents will long remember Hurricane Irene which affected our area from August 27th through the 29th. Twenty-four hour rainfall totals from Irene exceeded nine inches across portions of Kent and Sussex Counties, with totals greater than six inches throughout the State.
Approximately one week later, the mid-Atlantic region was significantly affected by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee with heavy rain falling across the Susquehanna and Delaware River watersheds from September 6th through the 9th causing some of the worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee had adverse impacts on both the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay ecosystems.
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