How hurricane forecasters fared during busy 2017 season

How hurricane forecasters fared during busy 2017 season

The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. In the two months since the storm, half the population still is without power. Ten of those storms became hurricanes, and six were major hurricanes, which are category three strength or stronger.

Following on the heels of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the big storm for the Lowcountry was Hurricane Irma.

Another hurricane that devastated the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico, was Hurricane Maria. 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.

On September 20, the storm made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour.

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.

According to a report from Bloomberg News, the hit to the US was $202.6 billion in damages, with the death count in the "hundreds across the Atlantic basin".

By the half way point of the 2017 Hurricane Season, we had already seen the number of storms that a typical season averages with 13 named systems as of mid September.

Dr. Jesse Spearo, with Cape Coral Emergency Management, said they were pleased with the season's predictions, and forecast modeling has vastly improved from years past, but there is always room for improvement.

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

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Perhaps the oddest of all was a Groundhog Day tropical storm which carved across South Florida in 1952, the only February U.S. tropical storm or hurricane landfall on record. - As massive spirals of lighting, wind and rain, hurricanes are some of the most risky and destructive forces in nature.

Observed activity was 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. NHC also issued new Potential Tropical Cyclone advisories on seven systems in the Atlantic basin that allowed the timely issuance of watches and warnings for land areas.

Making a Florida landfall as a major hurricane on September 10th, Irma was the first to do so since Wilma in 2005.

A wind gust of 68 miles per hour was clocked in downtown Miami and crops were damaged due to the off-season combination of high winds and heavy rain.

Lastly, Ophelia became a hurricane three days later on October 11th.

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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