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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends

The current hurricane season ends today and it stands out as one of the most active in terms of the number of cyclones formed.


30 de noviembre de 2017 - Taken from Prensa Latina

The current hurricane season ends today and it stands out as one of the most active in terms of the number of cyclones formed.

Already since the beginning of this season (running from June 1 to November 30), specialists from several institutions in the region had predicted a season above normal in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meteorologists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) foresaw a 45 percent chance of an intense season.

An average season in the Atlantic Ocean produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes; however, 2017 was the fifth most active season since the records about these events exist.

According to Miriam Teresita Llanes, Doctor in Meteorological Sciences, of 18 natural phenomena, 17 received a name (except tropical depression number four); six of them reached the tropical storm category and 10 became hurricanes.

Six of those cyclones were developed into high intensity events: Lee and Ophelia (with Category 3); Harvey and Jose (Category 4); and Irma and Maria (Category 5).

Irma, which measured the highest level on the Saffir-Simpson scale, moved in September through the Caribbean region with maximum sustained winds of up to 297 kilometers per hour.

The strongest tropical cyclone observed in the Atlantic since 2005 devastated more than 158,000 homes just in Cuba, where 10 people lost their lives and more than 11,600 were affected; the panorama was repeated throughout the Caribbean region.

Hurricane Maria also devastated in September the Windward islands, Dominica and Puerto Rico; millions of Puerto Rican people were without electricity and generation and distribution grid was destroyed by 95 percent, and killed 58 according to official reports, though several sources say the toll amounts to nearly or over a thousand dead.

Thus, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was officially registered as the fifth in terms of accumulated cyclone energy; behind the values reached in 1893, 1926, 1933 and 2005.


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