A look back: Hurricane season 2017

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 29, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane season ends November 30 in the Atlantic Basin. It has been an active season with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes (a Category 3 to 5).

The season is trending slightly more active than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mid-season predictions. They called for 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 5 major hurricanes.

Click here for a look at each storm's path this season.

The season had an unusual start. Tropical storm Arlene formed April 20, before the season even started. The Atlantic Basin produced 10 hurricanes in a row, from hurricane Franklin to Ophelia.

At one point, hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Katia were all churning through the Atlantic Basin at once. It’s not uncommon to see several consecutive hurricanes during an active season. The last time three hurricanes were in the Atlantic at once was in 2010 (Igor, Julia, Karl.)

Three powerful hurricanes made landfall on U.S. soil. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a powerful category 4 storm. The storm lingered over Texas, dropping more than 56 inches of rain in some spots. Irma made landfall as a category 4 hurricane, and Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irma is a storm that will go down in history. At peak intensity, it was a category 5 hurricane with maximum winds of 185 mph. It maintained 185 mph winds for 37 hours, which shattered the 24 hour record previously set by super typhoon Haiyan.

Irma first made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in Cudjoe Key, Florida on September 10. It had 130 mph winds with a 929 mb central pressure. The second landfall was on Marco Island in Southwest Florida. Winds were measured at 115 mph with a 940 mb central pressure.

Irma was a category 3 hurricane by its second landfall. It continued to weaken as it moved over the Florida Peninsula and over the Big Bend. By the time it reached North Florida, it was a tropical storm. According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, maximum sustained winds were measured at 54 mph along the St. George Island Bridge. Valdosta reported the strongest wind gust at 64 mph. The winds knocked down trees and powerlines through the area. Thousands of customers through North Florida and South Georgia lost power. However, most of the major damages were not local, and instead in Central and Southwest Florida.

Hurricane Maria was closely monitored. It affected the Leeward Islands that were recently impacted by Irma. Maria left devastation throughout Puerto Rico. The hurricane made landfall near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico around 6:15 AM on September 20. The storm brought widespread hurricane-force winds, catastrophic flooding, and flash flooding with landslides.

Tropical storm Emily, Hurricane Irma, and tropical storm Philippe made landfall in Florida. But only Irma impacted the local area in North Florida and South Georgia. The area escaped widespread devastation for the 2017 hurricane season.