Record-Breaking Hurricane Season Ends, Over 1,000 Deaths, Estimated $360 Billion In Damages
By Irene Sans, WFTV // December 1, 2017
fifth most active season since records began
ABOVE VIDEO: Over a thousand deaths, and with an estimated $360 billion in damages, to say the 2017 hurricane season was active, would be an understatement. (WFTV video)
(WFTV) – Over a thousand deaths, and with an estimated $360 billion in damages, to say the 2017 hurricane season was active, would be an understatement.
This season showed that there can be an active season in which many of the storms make landfall and there can be an active season where most of the storms stay over water, such as in 2012.
There were seven storms which made U.S. landfall. Florida was hit directly three times – by Emily, Irma, and Philippe.
Every month of the hurricane season (June-November) had at least one named storm. In fact, 2017 ended with 17 named storms and was the most active season since 2012 (19 named storms), and the fifth most active since records began.
Out of the 17 named storms, 10 were hurricanes and six of those were major hurricanes (at least category 3 or above)—this puts 2017 in third place for the most major hurricanes to form in a season, and the first time ever that three consecutive major hurricanes formed.
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