Hurricane season 2017 ends: Review of deadly, destructive storms across tropics

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recapping the Season

Harvey (August 25, in Texas) and Irma (September 10, in Florida) made landfall in the continental U.S.in 2017 as major hurricanes; Maria was also classified as a major hurricane when it struck on September 20 in Puerto Rico, a USA territory.

"The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was an extremely active one", said Philip Klotzbach, Ph.D., a research scientist with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. "Unfortunately many of these storms also made landfall". On Sept. 8, more ACE was generated than any other day in recorded history, dating to 1851.

In comparison, the damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was $108 billion, which has been the costliest hurricane in us history.

One storm, Hurricane Nate, barreled toward the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters' home station on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Kislin reported that now, in the months following Hurricane Irma, "the island is just about back to normal".

The busiest season still goes to the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the year Katrina hit. None made landfall in the Carolinas. It was the second time on record that two category 5 hurricanes made landfall (Irma and Maria).

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The storms' impact even stretched to the United Kingdom and Europe. Harvey devastated the Texas coast for six days with constant heavy rain that caused deadly flooding. 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 hammered Florida and Puerto Rico with fierce winds that made it the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.

With winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour, Hurricane Irma was the second-strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin in history. "These funds will help Floridians rebuild their lives following the devastation of Hurricane Irma". Harvey became the costliest hurricane on record, nearly $200 billion.

Maria hit the island of Dominica on September 18, the first Category 5 storm to make landfall there, with winds up to 160 miles per hour.

Ophelia was the last hurricane of the 2017 season.

Then came September. That month alone had two Category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - as well as Category 4 Jose.

Ophelia weakened from a Category 3 storm as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths are attributed to the storm. It's been 12 years since a season produced as many major hurricanes.

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