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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to be One of the Most Active Seasons on Record

We have already seen the damage and destruction of hurricane Harvey in Texas this year. Soon to be hitting Florida is hurricane Irma, predicted to make landfall this Sunday. Afterwards, Jose, and Katia; both hopefully will not turn to be ‘destructive’ hurricanes, as Harvey was and Irma is predicted to be. This season may just be the most active since 2010, according to researchers.

Generally, there are about 12 hurricanes throughout the season, and only three turn out to be destructive or cause any trouble. However, it is predicted that this year there could be anywhere from 14 storms to 19 or more. This will also mean more hurricanes that cause damage, anywhere from 5 to 9 could become destructive hurricanes with winds over 74 mph.

Usually the El Niño in the pacific ocean warms and causes less storms to occur in the Atlantic during hurricane season. This year has been different, the El Niño has been dropping instead of forming since May of this year, and has made this hurricane season a more disastrous one than usual; maybe even record breaking.

Atlantic Hurricane

On the left is hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, on the right is hurricane Irma’s first projected path

Irma

Hurricane Irma’s updated projected path.

Hurricane names of 2017: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

Over the course of the next week, hurricane Jose will be moving up the coast, but is expected to shift out into the Atlantic where it will only cause problems for those sailing, cruising, or barges going across the sea. Hurricane Katia is said to be making little to no movement near Mexico in the Gulf, and will not impact the United States; only parts of Mexico will get some rain. Hopefully these estimates remain true as Florida and Texas prepare to clean-up after the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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