Published: Nov 30, 2010 7:40 PM EST
Updated: Nov 30, 2010 4:41 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - A busy Atlantic hurricane season ends Tuesday and the U.S. has been spared any major storms for a fifth straight
year.

In all, 19 named storms formed in the Atlantic and 12 became hurricanes, the second-highest total on record.

Governor Crist's comments on the passing season:

“As we welcome the end of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season today, I want to remind Floridians that hazardous weather can happen 365 days a year. Preparedness shouldn’t end with hurricane season. I encourage all Florida families and businesses to be prepared for the possibility of dangerous storms in the winter and spring too.

“Thankfully, we’ve been blessed with a mild hurricane season that spared our state from a devastating impact equal to those of season’s past. Now is a great time to review and update disaster plans and supplies.

“This holiday season, consider holiday gift baskets of preparedness items for families in need and donate non-expired goods to a local food bank or charitable community group. Items like a NOAA alert radio can become a lifesaving stocking stuffer.”