2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season: One for the Record Books
At the March 28 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Ed Rappaport, acting director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), said last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in 167 years in terms of accumulated cyclone energy. There were 17 named storms, including 10 hurricanes in a row, and five Category 5 landfalls.
U.S. damages reached $265 billion, surpassing the previous record of $211 billion in 2005. Mike Brennan, branch chief of the NHC’s hurricane specialist unit, said the landmark 2017 season should serve as a wake-up call.
“From our perspective, it’s a good reminder of the risk that this country has for hurricane landfall. There’s a lot of hurricane amnesia that sets in when you go a long period of time — even in a place like Florida — without a major hurricane landfall,” he said. Brennan added, “Florida is a place where people move to from all over the country, and all over the world. So, you have a continual re-education effort that’s necessary.”