Quick glance back at this year’s shaken Atlantic Ocean

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Austin Liu, News Editor, Reporter

From its start to its nearing end, this past season’s tropical storm season in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean that has given rise and fall to numerous tropical depressions, hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones was one to remember for communities around North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Western Africa, and Western Europe. Especially for this year’s season of tropical storms and hurricanes originating from the months of August and September, the extensive damage and long process of reconstruction and restoration to a normal state has been a difficult and urgent issue for coastal and subtropical areas and communities ranging from the eastern portions of Mexico, Texan and Floridian coastal metropolitan areas, Cuba and Puerto Rico, and much more. This is not to place more value and importance on the needs of just the areas affected by notably destructive hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, or Maria, but it is also through this alarming reality that a global problem large in scale of impact each year is revealed for many other communities feeling the hard hit from other tropical storms this past season and struggling to reconstruct and rise above the ruins. As each tropical storm seasons comes to a conclusion, the World unifies into one to reflect and draw up a plan forward to offer aid and support for impacted communities during the past season and to prepare for the upcoming one in the next year. For the annual Atlantic tropical storm seasons, the close to the chain of the season appears during a period of time between late October to late November as it is with this year’s season. For this reason, the information below provides a brief overview, explanation, and analysis of each able-to-collide-with-land-masses tropical storm and hurricane that was formed and traveled across the Atlantic from the 2017 season of tropical storms, compiling the facts and the effects in a chronological order for a reflection over all these oceanic events.

-2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Hurricane List:

 

  • Arlene
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 50 mph or 85 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: North Atlantic Ocean
    • Length of Time: April 19-April 21
    • Effects from Event: None

 

 

  • Bret
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 45 mph or 75 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Grenada, Guyana
    • Length of Time: June 19-June 2
    • Effects from Event: Two lives lost in Trinidad and Tobago, Damage over $3 million

 

 

  • Cindy
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 60 mph or 95 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Central America, Southern Mexico, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Southern and Eastern United States
    • Length of Time: June 20-June 23
    • Effects from Event: Three lives lost in the United States, Damage Unknown

 

 

  • Four
    • Grouping: Tropical Depression
    • Highest Speed: 30 mph or 45 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas
    • Length of Time: July 6-July 7
    • Effects from Event: Strong storms and windy weather

 

 

  • Don
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 50 mph or 85 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Windward Islands, Guyana, Venezuela
    • Length of Time: July 17-19
    • Effects from Event: Large thunderstorms and rapid winds

 

 

  • Emily
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 45 mph or 75 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: The Bahamas, Southern and Eastern United States
    • Length of Time: July 31-August 2
    • Effects from Event: Heavy rains and flooding for many counties in Florida

 

 

  • Franklin
    • Grouping: Category 1 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 85 mph or 140 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Belize, Southern, Eastern, and Western Mexico, Cayman Islands, Southern United States
    • Length of Time: August 7-August 10
    • Effects from Event: Large measurements of rain, flooding of rivers, power outages and fallen trees, damage unknown

 

 

  • Gert
    • Grouping: Category 2 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 105 mph or 165 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Leeward Islands, Eastern and Southern United States
    • Length of Time: August 13-August 17
    • Effects from Event: High waves, strong winds, enormous currents, two lives lost in the United States

 

 

  • Harvey
    • Grouping: Category 4 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 130 mph or 215 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Windward Islands, Suriname, Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Cayman Islands, Southern and Eastern Mexico, Eastern and Southern United States
    • Length of Time: August 17-September 3
    • Effects from Event: High concentrations of rain and extensive flooding around coastal areas, destruction of homes surrounded by rain and flooding, displaced people and rescues of thousands of people, damage over $70 billion, unclean water supplies, one lost life in Guyana and 89 lives lost in the United States

 

 

  • Irma
    • Grouping: Category 5 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 185 mph or 295 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Cape Verde, Leeward Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Southern and Eastern United States
    • Length of Time: August 30-September 16
    • Effects from Event: Destruction of buildings and structures, flooding of islands and coastal areas, spread of diseases, damage over $62 billion, one live lost in Anguilla, one live lost in Barbados, three lives lost in Barbuda, four lives lost in the British Virgin Islands, ten lives lost in Cuba, 11 lives lost in the French West Indies, one live lost in Haiti, three lives lost in Puerto Rico, four lives lost on Dutch Sint Maarten, four lives lost on French Saint-Martin, four lives lost in the United States Virgin Islands, two other lives lost in unknown locations, 90 lives lost in the United States

 

 

  • Jose
    • Grouping: Category 4 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 155 mph or 250 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Leeward Islands, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Eastern United States, Eastern Canada
    • Length of Time: September 5-September 26
    • Effects from Event: Strong force winds, high rainfall and large waves and currents, flooding in certain areas, damage minimal, one live lost in the United States

 

 

  • Katia
    • Grouping: Category 2 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 105 mph or 165 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Eastern and Central Mexico
    • Length of Time: September 5-September 9
    • Effects from Event: Strong thunderstorms and considerable amounts of rain, initiation of flooding and mudslides for communities, tens of thousands of residents without access to electricity, three lives lost in Mexico

 

 

  • Lee
    • Grouping: Category 3 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 115 mph or 185 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: North Atlantic Ocean and Central Atlantic Ocean
    • Length of Time: September 15-September 30
    • Effects from Event: Strong winds and large water currents

 

 

  • Maria
    • Grouping: Category 5 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 175 mph or 280 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Southern and Eastern United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, France
    • Length of Time: September 16-October 3
    • Effects from Event: Dug many of the island countries in the Caribbean Sea into a deeper state of devastation, disconnection of power and communication among people of many islands, large-scale destruction of buildings and structures, removal of much of the vegetation of islands, flooding of communities and ruin to roofs of houses, urgent need for relief supplies, damage over $51 billion, 51 lives lost in Puerto Rico, 28 lives lost in Dominica, fives lives lost in the Dominican Republic, four lives lost in the United States, three lives lost in Haiti, two lives lost in Guadeloupe, one life lost in the United States Virgin Islands, hundreds of lives still missing in Dominica, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic

 

 

  • Nate
    • Grouping: Category 1 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 90 mph or 150 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Southern and Eastern Mexico, Southern and Eastern United States, Eastern Canada
    • Length of Time: October 4-October 11
    • Effects from Event: Build up of strong force winds, downpours of rain, production of storm surges along coasts and flood waters to rise, strong water currents, destruction of buildings and structures, occurrence of mudslides, damage over $685 million, 16 lives lost in Nicaragua, 11 lives lost in Costa Rica, five lives lost in Guatemala, seven lives lost in Panama, three lives lost in Honduras, one live lost in El Salvador, two lives lost in the United States

 

 

  • Ophelia
    • Grouping: Category 3 Hurricane
    • Highest Speed: 115 mph or 185 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: The Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia
    • Length of Time: October 9-October 20
    • Effects from Event: Strong blowing winds, large amounts of rain, emergence of expansive wildfires spreading quickly and hard to control, electricity and communications systems unable to work and suffering from damage, Color of sky and sun changed to a red and orange color and presence of burning smell, darker colored rain from the dust and smoke from fires originating far away, damage over $1 billion, 45 lives lost in Portugal, five lives lost in Ireland, four lives lost in Spain

 

 

  • Philippe
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 60 mph or 95 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Southern and Eastern Mexico, Cayman Islands, Cuba, The Bahamas, Southern and Eastern United States, Eastern Canada
    • Length of Time: October 28-October 29
    • Effects from Event: Strong force winds, generation of weaker tornadoes, heavy amounts of rain, serious power outages in areas hit, damage $0.02 million 

 

 

  • Rina
    • Grouping: Tropical Storm
    • Highest Speed: 60 mph or 95 km/h
    • Path of Movement and Affected Areas: Ireland, The United Kingdom
    • Length of Time: November 6-November 9
    • Effects from Event: Strong winds, formation of thunderstorms producing rain showers, massive water currents

 

 

 

 

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