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2017 Major Hurricane Recap

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The 2017 hurricane season brought three very powerful storms that left a lot of damage. 

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas on August 25th.  Winds were over 130 mph, but the rainfall was the worst part of Harvey. Some areas of Texas saw over 60” of rain, which set a record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone and caused incredible flooding around the Houston Metro area. Harvey was responsible for 68 deaths and nearly all of those were the caused by flooding. The floodwater prompted 30,000 water rescues and obviously caused massive damage. The cost of flood damage adds up quickly. The price tag for Harvey was an estimated $125 billion, making it the 2nd most costly hurricane in U.S. history, after Katrina.

Next came Irma, which made landfall on September 10th moving over the Florida Keys to Marco Island and then up the western coast of the state. Irma had been a Category 5 when it hit the island of Barbuda, but the Keys felt a Category 4 storm with winds over 130 mph and the storm continued to weaken from there. 21.66” of rain was reported in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Irma caused 7 deaths in the U.S. and had a price tag of $50 billion.

Finally, Maria ripped through Puerto Rico on September 20th. The storm had winds of 155 mph, just 1 mph shy of Category 5 status, causing a massive amount of lasting damage. Some locations are still without power months later. Areas of the island had 38” of rain dropped during the hurricane.  The death toll currently stands at 65 for Puerto Rico with an additional 4 drownings along the mainland because of rough currents. Some estimates have put the Puerto Rico death toll way higher because of indirect deaths caused by the state of disaster after the storm. So far the damage has amounted to a cost of $90 billion, making it the 3rd costliest U.S. hurricane behind Katrina and Harvey.

Looking ahead to the 2018 season, it’s expected to be slightly more active than average, but not as bad as last year. The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project is predicting 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.

The season will start on June 1st and last until November 30th. If you have travel plans to hurricane-prone areas, be sure to ask about the hurricane policy for your reservations and check the hurricane forecast before you leave!

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