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One of the worst hurricane seasons finally ending

01 December 2017

The Atlantic saw a record 10 consecutive hurricanes this season - tying a record set in 1893.

How Atlantic storms in 2017 compare to other seasons on major metrics. 10 of those became hurricanes with six of those being classified as major hurricanes, which tied for the third most ever.

The Atlantic's hurricane season begins June 1 each year.

That's a relief after an intense few months of destructive storms. Those records date back to 1851. Nate caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damages. In an "extremely active" year, storms have to generate at least 152.5 units of accumulated cyclone energy - a measure of storm intensity, duration, and frequency.

Long Road to Recovery Begins After Irma
Long Road to Recovery Begins After Irma

Irma arrived about 10 days later, ripping across the Florida Keys after destroying about 95 percent of the structures on the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

This season which broke many records brought us Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Cindy swept ashore as a tropical storm near Cameron, Louisiana and was the first tropical system to make landfall in the state since Isaac in 2012.

The storms' impact even stretched to the United Kingdom and Europe. That hurricane stayed stationary over coastal Texas and led to one of the worst flooding events in the U.S.

After several quiet years, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season proved to be quite different. Florida was hit directly three times - by Emily, Irma, and Philippe.

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- Strongest winds were clocked at 185 miles per hour, 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. It intensified by about 70 mph in just 18 hours as it approached the Leeward Islands. The previous record was held by Hurricane Frances in 1980.

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.

A total of 438 lives were lost during the 2017 season. With Governor Rick Scott waring of potential 14-foot storm surge from the then Category 4 hurricane, the storm triggered a record setting evacuation during which 6.5 million people left their homes.

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Ophelia, which at one point was a Category 3 hurricane, weakened as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths were attributed to the storm.

The most rainfall fell this season in US history and that is all thanks to Hurricane Harvey.

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One of the worst hurricane seasons finally ending