Deadly, destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season wraps up

Deadly, destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season wraps up

Deadly, destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season wraps up

The last day of November signifies the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. "Unfortunately many of these storms also made landfall". That would go to 2005 when there were 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes.

For the first time on record, three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the U.S.: Harvey, Irma and Maria. Few areas along the U.S. Gulf and Southeast coasts as well as the Caribbean were spared from at least indirect effects from the onslaught of storms.

Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928.

Despite the busy season, the National Hurricane Center said they had their most accurate season to date.

Category 5 Irma churned up maximum winds of 185 miles per hour, making it the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic tropical storm tracks in 2017.

It was the most expensive hurricane season on record, and almost all of which was due to three of the season's major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

"I want to thank HUD and the Trump administration for supporting those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Irma", said Gov. Rick Scott. Damages were estimated at $369 billion in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

Long Road to Recovery Begins After Irma
Long Road to Recovery Begins After Irma

After several quiet years, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season proved to be quite different.

According to DaBreo, there are many lessons to be learned from the devastation witnessed this year. A storm that made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane and on Marco Island, Florida as a Category 3 storm.

Hurricane Irma of course had the most direct impact on Southwest Florida, making landfall near Marco Island on September 10 and traveling north across the state.

From F to O on the list, we saw 10 hurricanes back-to-back.

She added that this year's hurricane season brought with it 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes.

In the first CSU forecast issued on April 6, the team called for 11 named storms, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes. That hurricane stayed stationary over coastal Texas and led to one of the worst flooding events in the U.S. During the peak of the season, vertical wind shear - which can disrupt storm development - was significantly lower than average right where Irma, Jose and Maria reached their peak intensities.

As destructive as this hurricane season was, the forecasts were never better.

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