Hurricane season comes to an end. Rock Hill untouched

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today

NOAA says based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of storms and is used to classify the strength of the season as a whole, 2017 was the 7th most active season on record, dating back to 1851.

This year was the most expensive hurricane season on record.

Ophelia was the last hurricane of the 2017 season.

That includes at least $32 billion in damages from Maria, $60 billion from Irma and $114 billion from Harvey. Four other storms also hit the U.S. They were Cindy in Texas, Emily and Phillipe in Florida, and Nate in Mississippi. Thirty people were killed in the flood, and damages neared $200 billion.

Maria caused widespread destruction in Puerto Rico on Sept 20.

Hurricane season has finally come to an end, after a series of devastating storms swept across the Atlantic and the Caribbean this year.

About 61% of the power has been restored in what has been considered the largest blackout in United States history, according to economic research firm Rhodium Group.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wraps Today
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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. Hurricanes occurred from Franklin to Ophelia. It crossed the Leeward Islands as a Category 5 hurricane just 13 days after Irma passed through the same area as a Category 5 hurricane and was Dominica's first Category 5 landfall on record.

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

Harvey alone dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana, while Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.

Even before these hurricanes developed in the second half of 2017, US property/casualty insurer catastrophe related payouts stood at $17.7 billion for January 1 - June 30, 2017, up significantly (21 percent) from the $14.6 billion for catastrophe related events in the first six months of 2016. The heavy rains inundated Houston and surrounding areas with unprecedented flooding.

It was a very active season with 17 named storms, 10 of those reaching hurricane status. That year included 28 named storms, 15 ended up being hurricanes.

But it wasn't a record year.

As we wrap up the month of November, we also wrap up the Atlantic Hurricane Season and it has been quite the active season!


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