Analysis of the 2017 Hurricane Season

2017 ties the record year of 2011 for the most billion-dollar disasters for the year to date

Hurricane Irma as the strongest hurricane outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean as a category five storm before annihilating Puerto Rico.

WDSU chief meteorologist Margaret Orr said the 2017 hurricane season will go down as one of the costliest with more than $367 billion in damage. 5 hurricane - the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Windward Islands. There were 40.25 hurricane days, since the days of each storm are counted separately.

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it was the most expensive season on record, at more than $202 billion in damage. Hurricane Nate made landfall along the Gulf Coast, causing damage to Biloxi and parts of Mobile, Alabama. The 2017 season had the most named storms and hurricanes since 2005 when 28 named storms developed, and 15 of them became hurricanes.

Forecasters warned that this hurricane season would be more active than normal, and they were right.

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

A fourth hurricane, Nate, also made USA landfall, but did not reach "major" status.

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.

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Hurricane Irma of course had the most direct impact on Southwest Florida, making landfall near Marco Island on September 10 and traveling north across the state.

The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Thursday.

And while 2017 marked the first time in nearly a decade that three hurricanes - Irma, Harvey and Nate - made landfall in the United States, Klotzbach opined that islands in the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic bore the brunt of hurricane destruction this year.

Recently, we've seen tropical storms, even hurricanes, either persist or form after November 30.

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.

"There are still ways and methods [the Hurricane Center] can improve upon, so the public can understand a bit easier because if you're not in this field, you don't practice this, you don't see this every day, you can get confused", said Dr. Spearo.

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