Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today

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The 2017 hurricane season will be remembered for its brutality and endurance, but also goes down in history as having the most accurate storm track forecasts since modern mapping of tropical cyclones began almost 50 years ago.

The storm maintained an intensity of 185 mph for a global record of 37 hours, and it was also the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic, outside of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

This season which broke many records brought us Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

In August, Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, killing more than 75 people and paralyzing Houston, the fourth most-populous US city with catastrophic flooding. There were more than the usual number of storms this hurricane season with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major (category 3 or stronger) hurricanes.

In an average season, we see 12 named storms, seven hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

For our viewing area, three named storms affected Louisiana and Southern Mississippi: Cindy, Harvey and Nate.

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Hurricane Nate also made United States landfall, but never reached major hurricane level.

Thus, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was officially registered as the fifth in terms of accumulated cyclone energy; behind the values reached in 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.

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

On Sept 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the USA territory with widespread damage and power outages. In this post, we'll focus on some of the statistics and records that this season set.

Lastly, Ophelia became a hurricane three days later on October 11th. Fueled by warm ocean waters, Ophelia traveled farther east than any major Atlantic hurricane. It was the greatest rainfall amount recorded from a single storm in USA history. In the two months since the storm, half the population still is without power. 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. Graphics by Jason Kwok and Sean O'Key.

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