Thursday marks the official end of the 2017 hurricane season after leaving a path of death and destruction in the US and the Caribbean. The three major storms of the 2017 season, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, all reached Category 4 and occurred within a month of each other.
Preliminary damage costs for the 2017 season are estimated at more than $300 billion, with the majority of the damage related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
The first major Hurricane of the season was Hurricane Harvey on August 25.
The reported death toll from 2017's Atlantic storms now stands at 438 - although the actual number may be higher. The 2005 Hurricane Season (Charley, Francis, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina) had 28 named storms and holds the honor of most active season, whereas we saw 16 named storms for 2017.
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Significant tropical cyclones included Hurricane Harvey, which slammed the Texas coast near Corpus Christi then hovered near Houston for several days as a weaker system, producing all-time record rainfall totals measured in feet.
Although forecasters were kept on their toes, according to verification data, the NHC said that track forecasts (those cones that you see on TV) had record low error. Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean as a category five storm before annihilating Puerto Rico. Though it felt at times like the worst season ever, it turns out to be the seventh most active season in history. Few areas along the U.S. Gulf and Southeast coasts as well as the Caribbean were spared from at least indirect effects from the onslaught of storms.
However, there have been named storms, even hurricanes, after that date. The storm struck September 20th as a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. One storm even veered as far east as Ireland - underscoring how freaky this hurricane season was. Philippe was a quick moving tropical storm that brought heavy rains to Cuba and Florida while Rina remained at sea in the Central Atlantic as a tropical storm.