For our viewing area, three named storms affected Louisiana and Southern Mississippi: Cindy, Harvey and Nate. Three named storms formed, with two becoming hurricanes. 10 of those became hurricanes with six of those being classified as major hurricanes, which tied for the third most ever.
The 2018 hurricane season will begin on June 1. Residents on the island and in the surrounding islands are still recovering more than a month later. Those records date back to 1851. Hurricane Nate made landfall along the Gulf Coast, causing damage to Biloxi and parts of Mobile, Alabama.
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. None made landfall in the Carolinas. The storm dispensed the equivalent of 33 trillion gallons of water on the United States. That hurricane stayed stationary over coastal Texas and led to one of the worst flooding events in the U.S. Hurricane Harvey made impact on South Texas from August 25-29, most significantly flooding Houston and breaking the record for the most rainfall in a single storm.
Irma damaged or destroyed 95 percent of buildings on Barbuda, leaving the island “barely habitable”.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season may be a wrap, but it’s not going to be forgotten anytime soon.
Hurricane Irma hits Miami on September 10, 2017.
With winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour, Hurricane Irma was the second-strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin in history.
While Harvey was making landfall, another tropical wave emerged from Africa, which later became Hurricane Irma. The previous record was held by Hurricane Frances in 1980.
-First Cat4 to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932. – The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The season was “extremely active”, to use the National Hurricane Center’s technical term.
Then came September. That month alone had two Category 5 hurricanes – Irma and Maria – as well as Category 4 Jose. Ophelia reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm.
But while 2017 was a busy Atlantic hurricane season, it was not a record year.
Almost ideal conditions in both the atmosphere and ocean give rise to the string of ferocious 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. Tropical Storm Arlene developed in the Atlantic on April 20. If any other storms form during 2017, the next name on the list is Sean.
The Tropical Meteorology Project has been issuing forecasts for the past 34 years. Hurricane Harvey left catastrophic damage along the Texas coast. “It only takes one storm to cause great devastation, so being prepared and having a plan is one of the biggest takeaways from this year’s storm season”.