By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 31, 2018
Hurricane Harvey nearing landfall in Texas. (Image Source: NASA / NOAA GOES Project / MGN)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Most know that the 2017 hurricane season was a memorable and deadly one. It was also a pricey season, according to the latest figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA recently released an updated list of the costliest tropical systems on record in the United States. Harvey, Irma, and Maria made the cut in the top five costliest storms. When adjusted for inflation, Harvey ranks at number two - behind Katrina - at $125 billion in damage. Maria is at number three at $90 billion. Hurricane Irma was fifth on the overall list at $50 billion in damage.
There were storms from earlier seasons hitting close to the Big Bend that also made the list. Hurricane Dennis in 2005 caused $3.2 billion in damage. The hurricane brought storm surge to the gulf coast, toppled trees, and knocked out power in the Big Bend.
Hurricane Opal in 1995 brought massive waves and high winds to places like Panama City and Apalachicola. The major hurricane caused $7.6 billion in damage.
The most expensive storm to have an impact here in the Big Bend was Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Ivan brought damage to the coast, knocked down docks and destroyed beach homes. The hurricane also spawned over 100 tornadoes. Ivan caused $27 billion in damage.
With 2017 being the costliest season in recent memory, let’s hope that this season will be quieter and kinder.