Saturday, 20 January, 2018

One of the worst hurricane seasons finally ending

Pedestrians make their way down a street in Charleston S.C. in September as a downgraded Hurricane Irma showed it could still do plenty of damage.
At left residents of the Florida Keys celebrate the official end to the hurricane season Thursday 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today
Charlie Simmons | 01 December, 2017, 06:40

Not only was the 2017 hurricane season the most expensive on record, it also left hundreds dead. Of those, six were major hurricanes, meaning they reached category three or higher. Six of those hurricanes were considered major with two being deadly category five monsters. The track errors for Harvey, Irma, and Maria were about 25% below the most recent 5-year averages. The 2017 season had the most named storms and hurricanes since 2005 when 28 named storms developed, and 15 of them became hurricanes.

It's estimated that this will be the costliest hurricane season on record, according to Cape Coral Emergency Management.

Ophelia, which at one point was a Category 3 hurricane, weakened as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths were attributed to the storm.

Making a Florida landfall as a major hurricane on September 10th, Irma was the first to do so since Wilma in 2005.

Hurricane Ophelia took on an unusual path.

Initial predictions for our hurricane season had begun in an El Niño phase, which usually means a less active hurricane season.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today
Destructive 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to an end!

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in South Texas on August 25, leading to days of downpours that dumped more than 50 inches (1.3 meters) of rain.

"It's certainly noteworthy that the track forecasts beat the previous record at every lead time", McNoldy said.

Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season!. This was the first year on record that the continental United States experienced two Category 4 hurricane landfalls: Harvey and Irma.

Final data and reports from the NHC regarding the 2017 hurricane season will be complete in February of 2018. The storm struck September 20th as a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. Few areas along the U.S. Gulf and Southeast coasts as well as the Caribbean were spared from at least indirect effects from the onslaught of storms.

A wind gust of 68 miles per hour was clocked in downtown Miami and crops were damaged due to the off-season combination of high winds and heavy rain.

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