Today is the last day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
As it turned out, it was the seventh most active season in history, with September the most active month ever.
A named storm is considered a hurricane when its sustained wind speeds are at least 74 miles per hour. Harvey began as a scattered collection of clouds drifting across the Atlantic Ocean and in little over a week rapidly intensified before making landfall as a Category 4 storm in Texas, the first major hurricane to hit the us since 2005. Hurricanes Nate and Tropical Storms Cindy and Harvey made landfall in Louisiana this year.
Alex was the strongest January Atlantic hurricane on record, packing 85 miles per hour peak winds before its weaker landfall in the Azores as a tropical storm.
On September 20, the storm made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour.
"Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made huge impacts on the US and Puerto Rico this year".
According to a report from Bloomberg News, the hit to the US was $202.6 billion in damages, with the death count in the "hundreds across the Atlantic basin".
Record-smashing 2017 hurricane season ends
Over a thousand deaths, and with an estimated $360 billion in damages, to say the 2017 hurricane season was active, would be an understatement.
By the half way point of the 2017 Hurricane Season, we had already seen the number of storms that a typical season averages with 13 named systems as of mid September.
For the full season that began June 1, 17 named storms formed.
Recently, we've seen tropical storms, even hurricanes, either persist or form after November 30. - First Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Florida since hurricane Charlie 2004.
Hurricane Irma of course had the most direct impact on Southwest Florida, making landfall near Marco Island on September 10 and traveling north across the state. Maria topped out at 175 miles per hour. "Overall, both withstood the storm considering the damage to other areas of the Caribbean".
As destructive as this hurricane season was, the forecasts were never better. That weakened the vertical wind shear that tends to limit development of tropical storms in the Atlantic.
NOAA's National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, supported local officials in Texas during Hurricane Harvey by providing specialized and supplemental "worst case" river flooding maps for a region that would experience days of excessive rainfall.