On November 30, the 2017 Hurricane Season comes to an end and it’s been quite an active past few months.
In just six months we had a total of 17 named storms and 10 hurricanes. Six of those ten hurricanes ended up being classified as category three or higher hurricanes, sliding them into the category of a major hurricane.
It’s safe to say that many across the First Coast are glad the season is over. The storm damage makes this the costliest hurricane season on record, putting a $202.6 billion hole in the wallet of the United States. Of course, this number includes Hurricane Irma, which became the costliest storm for portions of southwest Florida.
Worldwide, the season cost $369.6 billion, which makes it the second most expensive hurricane season on the books; the 1960 season holds the number one spot.
As for the amount of storms, it pales in comparison to the 2005 season which tallied a remarkable 28 named storms. But the storms in 2017 were strong. September 2017 had the most ACE on record (Accumulated Cyclonic Energy (ACE) is a measure of storm power, energy and duration.)
Hurricane Irma was the longest lasting Category 5 storm on record, lasting 37 hours. Hurricane Harvey broke a new record of rainfall from a tropical system, dumping 60 inches of rain in Texas.
These numbers and records aren’t necessary to be reminded of how powerful and devastating a hurricane season can be. Here along the First Coast, many are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Irma produced record rainfall and historic flooding. So while the recovery efforts across the world continue, here's to hoping next year's hurricane season keeps the storms out at sea.