The official 2017 Atlantic hurricane season summary will be released November 30, and final data and reports won't be complete until February, 2018.
Six named storms made landfall on the continental United States this year, two of them Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were Category 4 storms when they made landfall. Ten of those storms became hurricanes, with six classified as major hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey made impact on South Texas from August 25-29, most significantly flooding Houston and breaking the record for the most rainfall in a single storm.
But while 2017 was a busy Atlantic hurricane season, it was not a record year. The 2005 Hurricane Season (Charley, Francis, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina) had 28 named storms and holds the honor of most active season, whereas we saw 16 named storms for 2017.
Ophelia, which at one point was a Category 3 hurricane, weakened as it moved northeast and reached Ireland as a post-tropical storm, where three deaths were attributed to the storm. - The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
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"I want to thank HUD and the Trump administration for supporting those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Irma", said Gov. Rick Scott. Though it felt at times like the worst season ever, it turns out to be the seventh most active season in history. Hurricane Maria brought devastation to Puerto Rico later in the month. Those records date back to 1851.
"This was a hurricane season that wouldn't quit". It was the greatest rainfall amount recorded from a single storm in USA history.
A named storm is considered a hurricane when its sustained wind speeds are at least 74 miles per hour.
Harvey was the first category 4 storm to make landfall in Texas since 1961. That means that September 2017 will be the most active month on record for Atlantic Hurricanes. The 2017 season had the most major hurricanes since 2005, and also produced the first major hurricanes to strike the continental US since 2005.