The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been relentless. Storm after storm has formed, pelting the Caribbean, US, and Mexico with relentless rains, punishing winds, and dangerous storm surge.
This year has seen 13 named storms so far (the designation tropical storms get when their winds exceed 39 mph), making it an "extremely active" year according to the National Hurricane Center. Storms are classified as hurricanes when their sustained winds surpass 74 mph — that has happened seven times in 2017 so far.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose have received the most attention so far, as they had the most significant impacts on populated areas. But the season doesn't end until November, so more storms are likely to arise.
This interactive graphic shows where the six worst Atlantic hurricanes so far this year went and what damage they caused (the seventh, Gert, didn't affect any land). Click through to get a fuller picture of how intense this season has been.
The first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Franklin made landfall as
a Category 1 storm on August 10
in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
Its 85-mph maximum sustained winds quickly dissipated over the mountainous, sparsely populated region.
Rainfall totals reached 8 to 11 inches, and the storm surge crested 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast.
Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation came primarily from
its torrential rains. The Category 4 storm made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, lashing the coast with 130-mph maximum winds.
The storm then lost intensity and crawled across the state for three
days before going back into the Gulf
of Mexico, sucking up more moisture, and making a second landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana border. Harvey dumped over 4 feet of rain on Houston and the surrounding areas, making the storm the worst rainfall disaster in US history.
At least 82 people died, most of them trying to escape floodwaters. Experts estimate the storm could cost around $100 billion.
Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. At its strongest, the storm's wind speeds hovered around 185 mph, with gusts of more than 215 mph.
The Category 5 storm started battering the southern and western Caribbean islands on September 6, before crossing Cuba and the Bahamas. It made landfall in Florida on September 10 as a Category 4. The storm demolished most buildings
on Barbuda and St. Martin, cut off communications on many islands, and left millions without power throughout the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia.
At least 61 people died — 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the US. Irma
caused billions of dollars of damage in the Caribbean, and could cost the US $50 billion.
Hurricane Katia was a short-lived storm that made landfall in the middle of Mexico’s Gulf Coast on September 8 as a Category 1 storm.
Katia died down to a tropical depression the next day as it interacted with Mexico’s mountainous terrain.
The storm brought heavy rains, dumping 10 to 15 inches on northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla. Two people were killed in a mudslide.
Hurricane Jose — a Category 4 storm at its strongest — first appeared to be following in Hurricane Irma’s wake.
But it turned north and headed up the US East Coast, bringing heavy rain, dangerous surf, and tropical storm-force windsfrom Georgia to New England.
Jose came close to the Leeward Islands on September 9 and got nearMassachusetts on September 20, but never made landfall — a welcome relief in an unusually busy hurricane season.
Hurricane Maria devastated many
of the same islands that Irma had
hit just a couple weeks prior.http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-hurricane-maria-irma-jose-harvey-katia-franklin-damage-florida-puerto-rico-caribbean-2017-9
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