Fifth highest hurricane season ends today


November 30 marks the end of Hurricane season-and, thankfully, this year's is going out with a whimper-with nary a tropical depression in sight.

That's a relief after an intense few months of destructive storms. That would go to 2005 when there were 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes.

The three major hurricanes that made landfall were Harvey in Texas, Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern USA, and Maria in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Harvey dumped around 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana during a 6-day period. 5 hurricane - the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Windward Islands.

Atlantic tropical storm tracks in 2017.

Following Harvey, several major hurricanes struck the Caribbean: Irma, Jose and Maria.

The first major Hurricane of the season was Hurricane Harvey on August 25. Damages were estimated at $369 billion in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

NOAA's NWS and National Hurricane Center successfully launched new Storm Surge Watches and Warnings in 2017 for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S. Despite a record three landfalling Category 4 hurricanes, there are now no known deaths from storm surge in the United States.

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Forecasters warned that this hurricane season would be more active than normal, and they were right.

According to NOAA's Hurricane Research Division, 97 percent of all Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes occur within the June 1-Nov.

All 10 hurricanes this season developed within a 10-week period. NHC also issued new Potential Tropical Cyclone advisories on seven systems in the Atlantic basin that allowed the timely issuance of watches and warnings for land areas.

This year had triple the usual amount of major hurricanes: six major hurricanes, as opposed to the norm of two. "The highest wind gust reported in our area was 58 miles per hour in Oconee Co., and the highest rain total was 6.05" in Yancey Co., NC.

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Florida Keys in early September, it pummeled a number of Caribbean islands, including St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

One day after New Year's 1955, Hurricane Alice carved through parts of the northern Leeward Islands, producing wind gusts up to 81 miles per hour and flooding rain.

Tropical Storm Norma was the only Pacific mission flown by the Hurricane Hunters this season and quickly moved out to sea.

It was a nightmare of a season that brought 17 named storms, 10 of them hurricanes.