‘Average’ hurricane season brought death, mayhem to Florida
Aerial images of the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Central Florida, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. - Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s hurricane season ended Wednesday, the last day of November, with a portfolio of nearly normal storm activity during the past six months — except for the havoc on lives and property in Florida. Of 14 named storms that rode the Atlantic basin in 2022, Florida was unbothered by all but two, hurricanes Ian and Nicole. With very different qualities, they sliced a neat X across the state’s peninsula with paths that met just southeast of Orlando. Armed with Category 4 winds of 150 mph, Ian tore into the north Fort Myers area as a slow, powerful and wet hurricane on Sept. 2...