This was the first year on record in which the continental United States was hit by two Category 4 hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. Hurricane Harvey made impact on South Texas from August 25-29, most significantly flooding Houston and breaking the record for the most rainfall in a single storm.
The National Hurricane Center reports that the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes in 2017 was the fifth-most active on record, behind 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.
On this final day of the Atlantic hurricane season, there are no systems present that pose a risk for future development.
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NOAA had forecast 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes.
Ophelia weakened from a Category 3 storm as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths are attributed to the storm.
This year's hurricane season also broke another record: it was the costliest.
The Atlantic hurricane season was more intense than normal in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
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Harvey alone dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana, while Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.
Plenty more to be discussed and researched regarding this hurricane season.
Before the season began on June 1st, there were indications pointing to an above-average hurricane season. When all is said and done (and records are finalized), there will be multiple records that Hurricane Irma will likely keep for a long time to come. In the year 1961, we also saw seven major hurricanes. One storm even veered as far east as Ireland - underscoring how weird this hurricane season was. 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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