Atlantic hurricane season over: A look at 2017's devastating storms

Atlantic hurricane season over: A look at 2017's devastating storms

Today is the last day of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

NOAA's NWS and National Hurricane Center successfully launched new Storm Surge Watches and Warnings in 2017 for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S. Despite a record three landfalling Category 4 hurricanes, there are now no known deaths from storm surge in the United States.

The hurricanes are: Franklin (August 6-10), Gert (August 13-17), Harvey (August 17-31), Irma (August 30 - September 12), Jose (September 5-22), Katia (September 5-9), Lee (September 15-30), Maria (September 16-30), Nate (October 4-9) and Ophelia (October 9-15).

This season had more than the usual number of storms with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. And with good riddance, we can put 2017 to bed as it was the most active hurricane season we have experienced since 2005. The intensity of the hurricanes of 2017 is notable however, it is unusual to have eight storms reach major hurricane strength, which is Category 3 or higher. Ten hurricanes swept through the Atlantic this year, leaving a trail of destruction in the USA and the Caribbean. - The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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However, there have been named storms, even hurricanes, after that date. That includes at least $32 billion in damages from Maria, $60 billion from Irma and $114 from Harvey. Puerto Rico was nearly destroyed by the impact of Hurricane Maria, adding an estimated $45-$95 billion in damage to the island's already struggling economy. One storm even veered as far east as Ireland - underscoring how freaky this hurricane season was.

While this year's season was above average, it was not a record breaker.

Klotzbach, also a non-resident scholar with the I.I.I., who forecast above-normal hurricane activity in 2017, said warmer than normal sea surface temperatures and weaker than normal upper-level winds in the tropical Atlantic provided an environment that was very conducive for hurricanes to form and intensify. When all is said and done (and records are finalized), there will be multiple records that Hurricane Irma will likely keep for a long time to come. This marked the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane status! "It broke many a record, including the continental USA rain record - it produced over 51" of rain in its lifespan. Flooding rains occurred well inland of landfall, and flooding and power outages plagued much of Southwest Florida for weeks after the storm had passed. The storm severely damaged New Orleans, Louisiana.

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