The 2002 Atlantic hurricane season produced 14 tropical cyclones,
including 12 named storms, 4 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. A
record-tying eight storms developed in September. No tropical storms
formed after October 6—a rare occurrence, caused partly by El Niño
conditions. The most intense hurricane of the season was Isidore, with a
minimum central pressure of 934 mbar, although Hurricane Lili attained
higher winds and peaked at Category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson Scale.
The season was less destructive than average, causing an estimated
US$2.6 billion in property damage and 23 fatalities. In September,
Hurricane Gustav moved ashore on Nova Scotia as it was transitioning
into an extratropical cyclone, lashing the region with high winds for
several days. Isidore struck the Yucatan Peninsula and later the United
States, causing about $970 million in damage and killing a total of
seven. Several other storms directly affected land during August and
September, including the longest lived of the season, Hurricane Kyle. In
early October, Lili made landfall in Louisiana, where it caused
$860 million in damage and 15 deaths.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Atlantic_hurricane_season>
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