2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to an End

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, December 1, 2018
A graphic showing 2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names selected by the World Meteorological Organization. This year, the U.S. saw 15 named storms.
This year, there were 15 named storms, ending with Oscar.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st and concluded on November 30th.

This year will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern U.S..

In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were “major” (Category 3, 4 or 5). An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

Hurricane Michael, at a Category 4 intensity, was the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Florida panhandle. It was the third-most-intense hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. on record in terms of central pressure (919 mb) and the fourth-strongest in terms of maximum sustained winds (249 km/h).
 



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