History Made: 2017 Atlantic hurricane season in review

01 December, 2017, 06:40 | Author: Kim Reid
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Charleston mayor John Tecklenberg warned citizens of the storm's power as well. Harvey was the first major storm to hit the USA since Wilma hit Florida in October of 2005.

The worst hurricanes were Harvey, Irma and Maria, each of which reached Category-5 strength and made landfall on US territory. Meanwhile, unmanned aircraft and underwater drones probed Hurricane Maria's eyewall, soared at 60,000 feet over Hurricane Harvey and dove through the storm-churned waters of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean to gather unique insights on the storms.

In addition, the Hurricane Hunters, officially known as the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, flew for more than 800 hours in more than 90 missions into 12 named storms this season. Also outside of the continental US, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm. There were 40.25 hurricane days, since the days of each storm are counted separately.

It was the most expensive hurricane season on record, and almost all of which was due to three of the season's major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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Even once the heart of hurricane season passed, another record-setting storm was still to come. Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, was one of five storms to hit 185 miles per hour wind speeds, resulted in 72 deaths and caused $19.4 billion dollars of damage in Florida, the Miami Herald reports. That's five more than the average year.

Jose tracked slightly more north than Irma and brought destruction to the Northern Leeward Islands again before turning north into the Atlantic and circling in the cooler waters off the New England coast before finally turning out to see.

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

From F to O on the list, we saw 10 hurricanes back-to-back.

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Conditions were ripe for the formation of so many strong systems, said Klotzbach, pointing to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures and the tropical Atlantic's lack of vertical wind shear, which can tear systems apart before they have a chance to form. That hurricane stayed stationary over coastal Texas and led to one of the worst flooding events in the U.S.

At its strongest, Maria's winds reached 175 miles per hour.

"17 named storms is tied for the ninth busiest season, ten hurricanes is tied for the eighth most hurricanes in a season and six major hurricanes is tied for the fourth most major hurricanes since 1851".

The official last day of Hurricane Season is November 30.

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