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Posted: November 30, 2017

Recap of most expensive Atlantic hurricane season on record 

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1-November 30.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1-November 30.

By Rich Jones

Jacksonville, FL —

The long Atlantic Hurricane Season is finally coming to a close.  This was the most active season for US landfall since 2005.  

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it was the most expensive season on record, at more than $202 billion in damage.

There were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, 6 major hurricanes (Cat. 3 or higher). 

PODCAST:  Mike Buresh recaps the 2017 hurricane season and the record that were broken

BLOG:  Mike Buresh daily updates during the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Northeast Florida will remember Hurricane Irma’s impact for years.  The hurricane began as a strong tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa Aug. 27th and was upgraded to a tropical storm on the 30th, then to a hurricane on Aug. 31st.

Irma plowed into the Northern Lesser Antilles as a Cat. 5 hurricane - the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Windward Islands. From there the storm gained just enough latitude while moving west/northwest to keep the eye north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola before bending a little southwest and plowing across the north coast of Cuba.

The landfall weakened the hurricane for a while but the warm water of the Florida Straits helped to restrengthen Irma to a Cat. 4 before the first U.S. landfall in the Keys on Sun., Sept. 10th.

The next landfall was on the Florida mainland at Marco Island as a Cat. 3, then a move north up the spine of Florida before bending more northwest and finally become a remnant low Mon., Sept. 11th.


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