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Atlantic Hurricane Basin

Jan 26, 2019

There have been no organized tropical features across the Atlantic basin since Oct. 31, and there are no suspect features across the basin that might become organized tropical systems during the post-hurricane season through early December.

Looking back on the 2018 hurricane season, there were 15 named tropical storms, eight of which became hurricanes. Of those eight hurricanes, two were major hurricanes. There were four landfalls of tropical storms and hurricanes on the United States this season. Alberto made landfall as a tropical storm during the preseason on May 28 over the western Florida Panhandle as a 45-mph tropical storm. Florence made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach on the morning of Sept. 14 with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Gordon made landfall as a strong tropical storm near the Alabama-Mississippi border on the evening of Sept. 4 with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Finally, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a major and very strong Category 4 hurricane over Mexico Beach, Florida, near Panama City on the early afternoon of Oct. 10 with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Michael was the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. since Andrew of 1992 and was the fourth strongest hurricane on record to make landfall on the U.S.

Statistics of the 2018 hurricane season show that the season was above normal in terms of the number of tropical storms with 15 versus a normal number of 12 and hurricanes, eight versus a normal number of six. We also use Accumulated Cyclone Energy, or ACE, as a way to frame both the accumulated intensity and the length of time all storms lasted. During the 2018 hurricane season, 129 ACE units were recorded compared to around 104 units as an average of all years combined since 1850. Last year's ACE was about 225 units, almost double of the 2018 season.

By AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski

Tropical News

Weather officials upgrade Hurricane Michael to Category 5 storm as it struck Florida
Weather officials upgrade Hurricane Michael to Category 5 storm as it struck Florida
April 19, 2019; 1:21 PM
The National Hurricane Center announced Friday that the deadly storm, which struck Florida last October, is stronger than was first believed. Here's why.
In Puerto Rico, a new agriculture industry is born in the wake of Hurricane María
In Puerto Rico, a new agriculture industry is born in the wake of Hurricane María
April 12, 2019; 10:24 AM
A whopping 85% of the food consumed on the island is imported, but the devastating hurricane has triggered the desire to change that.
Solar-powered barber shop is the 1st of its kind in Puerto Rico
Solar-powered barber shop is the 1st of its kind in Puerto Rico
April 11, 2019; 12:45 PM
"At first I did not believe it," Wilfredo Pérez, who's been a barber for more than four decades, said. But now he considers the innovation a form of divine intervention.
Hurricane Maria dealt woman's life mission a major setback -- but she isn't giving up
Hurricane Maria dealt woman's life mission a major setback -- but she isn't giving up
April 10, 2019; 2:12 PM
For years, she's been working to reverse a dire outcome set in motion a half century ago by cultural and economic forces. The hurricane nearly derailed that effort. Here's why she remains optimistic.
Man holds out hope he'll one day be able to rebuild home destroyed by Hurricane Maria
Man holds out hope he'll one day be able to rebuild home destroyed by Hurricane Maria
April 09, 2019; 10:16 AM
A year-and-a-half after the Category 4 storm devastated the island, residents still struggle to get aid from FEMA -- and the agency admits the mission there could take another decade.
Earthships make a big landing in Puerto Rico
Earthships make a big landing in Puerto Rico
April 08, 2019; 3:25 PM
They're designed to be hurricane- and earthquake-resistant structures, and they look almost otherworldly. However, a closer inspection of one shows what they're made of -- and that might be a surprise to some.
Lin-Manuel Miranda ignites artistic revolution in Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane devastation
Lin-Manuel Miranda ignites artistic revolution in Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane devastation
April 08, 2019; 9:38 AM
He brought his smash hit 'Hamilton' to the island -- and he's not the only one helping with recovery efforts more than a year after the storm.
Wallace expected to spare Australia from direct hit
Wallace expected to spare Australia from direct hit
April 07, 2019; 11:46 AM
Tropical Cyclone Wallace is expected to remain offshore, sparing Australia from another impact from a tropical cyclone.
What is wind shear and how does it impact hurricanes, other tropical cyclones?
What is wind shear and how does it impact hurricanes, other tropical cyclones?
April 03, 2019; 10:28 AM
Wind shear can make or break a single tropical storm and can have long-term impacts on a tropical season. But, what exactly is wind shear and why is it so important in forecasting hurricanes and other tropical cyclones?
AccuWeather's 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast
AccuWeather's 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast
April 03, 2019; 7:15 AM
After an active Atlantic hurricane season in 2018, forecasters are predicting 2019 to result in a near- to slightly above-normal season.
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