Record-setting Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends

Record-setting Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends

There were 17 named storms this season. Early estimates show Hurricanes Irma and Harvey could cost close to $300 billion in damage.

In an average season, there are 12 named storms, six hurricane and two major hurricanes. Nate caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damages. Puerto Rico took a direct hit from the Category 5 hurricane, knocking out power to the entire island and causing a humanitarian disaster for the U.S. Territory.

The season stayed extremely active all the way through October.

Jose tracked slightly more north than Irma and brought destruction to the Northern Leeward Islands again before turning north into the Atlantic and circling in the cooler waters off the New England coast before finally turning out to see.

Even though November 30 marks the end of hurricane season that doesn't mean that there will be no more storms until next season.

It was the most expensive hurricane season on record, and almost all of which was due to three of the season's major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

As we put the official 2017 hurricane season in the record books we continue to monitor the Atlantic Basin and Caribbean for any surprise storms that may develop in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

The season began ramping up in August with the first hurricane forming on Aug. 9. It was the highest number of major hurricanes, that's category 3 and above, since 2005. The storm produced pounding rain, amounting to over 60 inches, inundating Houston and the heaviest rain ever from a tropical system according to NOAA.

The last time a Hurricane season was this active was in 2012 with 19 tropical storms and 10 named hurricanes. Slightly below-median ACE of 85 was predicted on April 6, increasing to 100 on June 1 and 135 on July 5 and August 4. The 1981-2010 median Atlantic ACE was 92.

With this phase shift vertical wind shears weakened, which made it easier for a tropical cyclone's center to align and strengthen.

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