The reported death toll from 2017's Atlantic storms now stands at 438 - although the actual number may be higher. For the three most damaging hurricanes of the season, their forecasts were about 25 percent more accurate than average. The damage estimates ranging up to $300-$475 billion.
Six named storms made landfall on the continental United States this year, two of them Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were Category 4 storms when they made landfall.
Harvey also damaged or destroyed about 200,000 homes as the storm system flooded much of Houston and smaller coastal communities.
Category 4 Harvey, the first major hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 2004, set a new US record for rainfall (60.5 inches near Nederland, Texas), the Miami Herald reported. 4 before the first USA landfall in the Keys on Sun., Sept. 10th.
Making a Florida landfall as a major hurricane on September 10th, Irma was the first to do so since Wilma in 2005.
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Thus, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was officially registered as the fifth in terms of accumulated cyclone energy; behind the values reached in 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.
With this hurricane season being the most active, it was also the most expensive season on record, with $202.6 billion in damages.
-Strongest hurricane to impact the Leeward Islands on record. Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean as a category five storm before annihilating Puerto Rico. Fueled by warm ocean waters, Ophelia traveled farther east than any major hurricane to date in the Atlantic. But September ranked as the worst month ever in total storm intensity.
"It's certainly noteworthy that the track forecasts beat the previous record at every lead time", McNoldy said. 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.
Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season!. That weakened the vertical wind shear that tends to limit development of tropical storms in the Atlantic. Irma's projected track had the storm headed far inland toward Charlotte before veering to the west. Irma's remains still whipped up 83 miles per hour gusts on Mount Mitchell.
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