The 2017 Atlantic Basin tropical season began on June 1st, and since then, we have seen multiple storms across the basin wreaking death and destruction in what has been a very active hurricane season... Many islands, including Puerto Rico, across the tropical Atlantic felt the fury of these storms with the United States taking direct hits from two major hurricanes.
Over the past eight months, there have been seventeen tropical storms. Of those, 10 became hurricanes, and of those ten storms, six became major hurricanes with winds of at least 111mph. All ten of 2017's hurricanes formed in a row. This is the first time in the satellite era of tropical meteorology, that that number of hurricanes have formed back to back.
The first storm of the season actually formed before the official start of hurricane season. Tropical Storm Arlene developed in April. The final storm of 2017 formed in early November. That was Tropical Storm Rina.
The strongest storm of the season was Hurricane Irma. Irma's maximum winds reached 185mph. The storm made landfall in Florida in September. A few weeks earlier, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. Harvey became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in almost 12 years. The last storm to do that was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Damage from hurricanes and tropical storms this year is estimated at $368.86 billion. The costliest hurricane season to date. There were also over 400 storm related deaths across the Atlantic Basin and the United States.
North Carolina was actually lucky this year. No tropical systems made landfall in the state. A few systems did brush past the coast but the center of the storms stayed far enough from land to keep the worst parts of the hurricanes several hundred miles off our beaches.