Hurricane season 2017 ends: Review of deadly, destructive storms across tropics

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The official 2017 Atlantic hurricane season summary will be released November 30, and final data and reports won't be complete until February, 2018.

In June, tropical storm Cindy, while making landfall along the Texas/Louisiana border, caused two tornado warnings in the Stephens Co., GA, area but no touchdowns were reported. Hurricane Maria brought devastation to Puerto Rico later in the month. Three named storms formed, with two becoming hurricanes. All but one of these systems went on to develop into a tropical storm or hurricane.

All told, Bloomberg News reported that 2017's storms comprised the most expensive USA hurricane season on record, producing an estimated $202.6 billion in damages.

The hurricane season began with a transition from a neutral El Niño, or warming of Pacific waters, to a weak La Niña, or cooling of waters, according to AccuWeather. Damages were estimated at $369 billion in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

Nate was followed by Tropical Storm Philippe, which had little impact and Hurricane Ophelia, which the squadron didn't fly, but which was the easternmost Atlantic major hurricane on record and one of the costliest cyclones to ever impact Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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The last time three names were retired from a single season was 2008, and the last time more than three names were retired was 2005 (five got retired that year). "The highest wind gust reported in our area was 58 miles per hour in Oconee Co., and the highest rain total was 6.05" in Yancey Co., NC. The busiest and most painful stretch of the season spanned from late August to early October, when 10 hurricanes exploded over the abnormally warm tropical waters in 10 weeks.

"Throughout this devastating hurricane season, NOAA provided vital forecasts and data that helped save many lives".

Tropical Storm Norma was the only Pacific mission flown by the Hurricane Hunters this season and quickly moved out to sea.

One day after New Year's 1955, Hurricane Alice carved through parts of the northern Leeward Islands, producing wind gusts up to 81 miles per hour and flooding rain.

Tropical Storm Olga triggered deadly flooding in Hispañola in December 2007, and in 2003, there were a pair of tropical storms - Odette, then Peter - within a seven-day period from Dec. 4-11.

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