Catastrophic Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Finally Ending

Catastrophic Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Finally Ending

Catastrophic Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Finally Ending

As we wrap up the month of November, we also wrap up the Atlantic Hurricane Season and it has been quite the active season!

The strongest tropical cyclone observed in the Atlantic since 2005 devastated more than 158,000 homes just in Cuba, where 10 people lost their lives and more than 11,600 were affected; the panorama was repeated throughout the Caribbean region.

The National Hurricane Center reports that the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes in 2017 was the fifth-most active on record, behind 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.

Before the season began on June 1st, there were indications pointing to an above-average hurricane season.

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The season stayed extremely active all the way through October. In comparison, the average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

The biggest impacts of this storm came in the form of significant storm surge, torrential rain, gusty winds and tornadoes. This marked the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane status!

Additionally, politicians are still scrambling to determine how much of the next state budget will be dedicated to covering losses from the storm. That streak ended when Irma weakened as it passed over Southwest Florida.

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In July, Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on Florida's West Coast.

Hurricane Ophelia's path was very unusual.

For comparison, the damage from Katrina in 2005, which has been the costliest hurricane in USA history, was $108 billion. Official damage statistics from NOAA have not been released yet, but all signs point to this being the costliest season ever.

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