Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 3:16 PM
By: Kirstie Zontini, Breaking News Staff
— The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is officially over and it was an active one.
There were 17 named storms, 10 strengthened to hurricanes and six of those became major hurricanes, strengthening to a Category 3 or higher.
The average Atlantic hurricane season sees 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The first named storm was Tropical Storm Arlene in April. Hurricane Franklin, which was a Category 1 storm, was the first hurricane of the 2017 season.
Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane of the season and brought devastation to Texas towards the end of August when it made landfall as a Category 4 major hurricane. It sat over southern Texas for days producing prolific rainfall, and brought the all-time rain record for a tropical storm in the United States dropping around 60 inches of rain.
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Quickly after Harvey the development of Hurricane Irma in September. This was the first Category 5 major hurricane in the Atlantic since Hurricane Matthew in 2016 with Irma’s winds peaking at 185 mph. Irma’s eye passed over Barbuda destroying a huge portion of the island and made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in Cuba.
Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the Bahamas since the 1990s and made landfall twice in Florida, first was Cudjoe Key and then again on Marco Island.
The next major hurricane to impact the United States this year was Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico in September. Maria also strengthened to become a Category 5 hurricane and impacted Dominica. Maria then made landfall in Puerto Rico with winds around 155 mph on September 20th.
Tropical Storm Rina was the final named storm of the season staying out to sea in the beginning of November.