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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season By The Numbers: An Extremely Active Season
October 7, 2018
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Alexa Maines
The destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is finally over. As we head into the quieter winter months, it’s time to look back on this season. Here are a few statistics to summarize this year’s tropical trouble:
Number of storms, including depressions: 18
Number of named storms (sustained winds of at least 39 mph): 17
Number of hurricanes (sustained winds of at least 74 mph): 10
Number of major hurricanes (Category 3 and stronger): 6
Total fatalities: At least 464 (63 from Harvey, 134 from Irma, at least 97 from Maria, 43 from Nate)
Estimated total damages: $316 billion
In early September, Irma, Jose and Katia marked the first time three hurricanes were active in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time.
Irma and Harvey marked the first year on record that the U.S. has been impacted by two category 4 or stronger hurricanes in the same year. Harvey made landfall in southern Texas in late August and Irma made landfall in southern Florida in early September.
Although there were six major hurricanes this season, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria impacted land the most. These three storms caused billions of dollars in damages to the Caribbean and U.S. and smashed several major records.