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Costliest-ever hurricane season comes to an end

Costliest-ever hurricane season comes to an end

An average season in the Atlantic Ocean produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes; however, 2017 was the fifth most active season since the records about these events exist.

-17 named storms, 91.25 "named storm days", 10 hurricanes (most since 2012).

For our viewing area, three named storms affected Louisiana and Southern Mississippi: Cindy, Harvey and Nate. 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.

The reported death toll from 2017's Atlantic storms now stands at 438 - although the actual number may be higher.

However, tropical storms have been known to form in the Atlantic as early as January.

"These hurricanes caused an extensive loss of life and property damage in some of our nation's most densely populated regions, and US auto, home and business insurers are playing a key role as economic first responders".

The active season has been quiet since November 9, when Tropical Storm Rina dissipated. That extreme activity also followed a four-year string of Septembers from 2013 to 2016 that Klotzbach called the "quietest" four Septembers since the period between 1911 and 1914.

On September 20th, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, killing dozens, destroying the electrical grid and halting all economic activity in the US territory.

Final data and reports from the NHC regarding the 2017 hurricane season will be complete in February of 2018. "It broke many a record, including the continental US rain record - it produced over 51" of rain in its lifespan. Those records date back to 1851.

The busiest season still goes to the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the year Katrina hit.

Harvey ended the record-smashing 4,324-day-long "major hurricane drought" in the United States when it crashed ashore near Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Nate made landfall along the Gulf Coast, causing damage to Biloxi and parts of Mobile, Alabama.

One day after New Year's 1955, Hurricane Alice carved through parts of the northern Leeward Islands, producing wind gusts up to 81 miles per hour and flooding rain.


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