Best news about Atlantic hurricane season? It's finally over

01 December, 2017, 06:42 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today

"Unfortunately many of these storms also made landfall". In comparison, the average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Three of those major hurricanes hit US soil this year: Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Hurricane Irma's eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. Hurricane Maria brought devastation to Puerto Rico later in the month. With Governor Rick Scott waring of potential 14-foot storm surge from the then Category 4 hurricane, the storm triggered a record setting evacuation during which 6.5 million people left their homes.

On September 20, the storm made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour. 2017 hit 226, mostly due to storms in August and September, when Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated parts of the Caribbean and US.

November 30 brings to an end another Atlantic hurricane season. Damages were estimated at $369 billion in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

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The reported death toll from 2017's Atlantic storms now stands at 438 - although the actual number may be higher. This season is one of only six years on record to include multiple Category 5 hurricanes. It's tied for the ninth most-active season since record-keeping began in the 1850s, and was the most active season since 2012. Two aircraft sheltered in hangars on base while the 403rd Wing's C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft flown by the 815th Airlift Squadron, a tactical airlift unit, were relocated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and the WC-130Js flown by the 53rd WRS moved to Ellington Field, Texas where they continued to track Nate until the storm made landfall.

There were 17 named storms this season with 10 reaching the status of hurricane and six being classified as major hurricanes.

Indeed, the 2017 season was a busy one, and we are all glad to see it come to an end. Tropical Storm Arlene developed in the Atlantic on April 20.

This year, the month of September saw 5 hurricanes, four of which were major hurricanes. "The highest wind gust reported in our area was 58 miles per hour in Oconee Co., and the highest rain total was 6.05" in Yancey Co., NC.


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