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Dec
01
2017

Tropical Cyclone Activity Report – Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean Sea / Gulf of Mexico

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has ended. Routine issuance of the NHC Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2017. During the off-season, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant. The PDC will begin issuing its Tropical Cyclone Activity Reports for the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico on June 1st, 2018 as well.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was an extremely busy season, with 17 named storms, tying it with 1936 as the fifth-most active season since records began in 1851…and the most since 2012. The season also had the highest number of major hurricanes since the 2005 season. All ten of the season’s hurricanes occurred in a row, the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes in the satellite era. In addition, it was by far the costliest season on record, with a preliminary total of over $368.66 billion (USD) in damages, which is more than double the cost of 2005’s total, and nearly all of which was due to three of the season’s major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This season was also one of only six years on record to feature multiple Category 5 hurricanes, and only the second to feature two hurricanes making landfall at that intensity.

2017 North Atlantic tropical cyclones season statistics:

Storm
name
Dates active Storm categoryat peak intensity Max 1-min
wind
mph
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(millions USD)
Deaths
Arlene April 19 – 21 Tropical storm 50 990 None None None
Bret June 19 – 20 Tropical storm 45 1007 Guyana, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands > 3 1 (1)
Cindy June 20 – 23 Tropical storm 60 992 Honduras, Belize, Cayman Islands, Yucatán Peninsula, Cuba, Southern United States, Eastern United States Unknown 2 (1)
Four July 5 – 7 Tropical depression 30 1009 None None None
Don July 17 – 19 Tropical storm 50 1007 Windward Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago None None
Emily July 31 – August 2 Tropical storm 45 1005 Florida 0.096 None
Franklin August 7 – 10 Category 1 hurricane 85 981 Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Yucatán Peninsula, Central Mexico Unknown None
Gert August 13 – 17 Category 2 hurricane 105 967 Bermuda, East Coast of the United States, Atlantic Canada None 0 (2)
Harvey August 17 – September 1 Category 4 hurricane 130 938 Barbados, Suriname, Guyana, Windward Islands, Nicaragua, Belize, Yucatán Peninsula, Northeastern Mexico, Southern United States (Texas, Louisiana), Eastern United States 198,630 63 (28)
Irma August 30 – September 12 Category 5 hurricane 185 914 Cape Verde, Leeward Islands (Barbuda, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, U.S. Virgin Islands), Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Cuba, Southeastern United States (Florida and Georgia), Northeastern United States ≥ 66,770 134
Jose September 5 – 22 Category 4 hurricane 155 938 Leeward Islands, East Coast of the United States Minimal 0 (1)
Katia September 5 – 9 Category 2 hurricane 105 972 Eastern Mexico Unknown 3 (0)
Lee September 15 – 30 Category 3 hurricane 115 962 Cabo Verde Minimal None
Maria September 16 – 30 Category 5 hurricane 175 908 Lesser Antilles (Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Croix), Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Southeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain ≥ 103,450 >74 (32)[nb 5]
Nate October 4 – 9 Category 1 hurricane 90 981 Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Southeastern United States (Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida Panhandle), Northeastern United States, Atlantic Canada > 835 43 (2)
Ophelia October 9 – 16 Category 3 hurricane 115 960 Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia > 71 3 (51)
Philippe October 28 – 29 Tropical storm 60 997 Central America, Yucatán Peninsula, Cuba, Florida, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, East Coast of the United States, Atlantic Canada 0.02 None
Rina November 6 – 9 Tropical storm 60 995 United Kingdom, Ireland Minimal None
Season Aggregates
18 systems April 19 –
November 9
185 (295) 908 > 368,659 >323 (118)

 

Atlantic Ocean

NOAA satellite image of the Atlantic

Caribbean Sea

NOAA satellite image of the Caribbean Sea

Gulf of Mexico

Latest satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico

 

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