Recap of most expensive Atlantic hurricane season on record

01 December, 2017, 06:41 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today

Forecasters warned that this hurricane season would be more active than normal, and they were right.

The 2017 Hurricane Season ends Thursday, closing a season that broke multiple records.

Category 4 Harvey, the first major hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 2004, set a new us record for rainfall (60.5 inches near Nederland, Texas), the Miami Herald reported. They increased their forecast on June 1 and called for 14 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

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That includes at least $32 billion in damages from Maria, $60 billion from Irma and $114 billion from Harvey.

Perhaps the oddest of all was a Groundhog Day tropical storm which carved across South Florida in 1952, the only February U.S. tropical storm or hurricane landfall on record. Early damage estimates exceed $300 billion with hundreds of people killed along their catastrophic paths.

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in mid-September, the island has struggled to restore water and power. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were all strong category 4 storms. Only 61% of power has been restored there.

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The last time three names were retired from a single season was 2008, and the last time more than three names were retired was 2005 (five got retired that year). The warm ocean waters kept Ophelia fueled as the hurricane traveled farther east than any major hurricane in the Atlantic to date. The previous record: Hurricane Frances in 1980. Hurricane Ophelia barreled towards the British Isles before weakening as it made landfall in Ireland. After causing deadly and damaging winds and floods to South Texas, and catastrophic, historical, devastating, and life-threatening flooding over Southeast Texas, Harvey made its final landfall near Cameron, Louisiana during the overnight hours August 30. "Unfortunately many of these storms also made landfall". The heavy rains inundated Houston and surrounding areas with unprecedented flooding.

An average hurricane season produces 12 storms, with six of them become hurricanes and three of them being classified as major. That would go to 2005 when there were 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes.

But it wasn't a record year. It was the 10th most intense Atlantic storm by barometric pressure.

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