The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ended on Wednesday, produced 15 named storms including seven hurricanes, producing the greatest loss of life in more than a decade, the U.S. commercial weather broadcaster AccuWeather said in a press release. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the Atlantic saw 15 named storms this year, including seven hurricanes - three of which were considered "major".
The U.S. has never had another 11-year period without a major hurricane landfall since records began in 1851, according to Colorado State University.
Although Matthew was a "close call" for Florida, the powerful storm caused extensive damage in coastal counties including Brevard, Volusia, St. Johns, Flagler and Duval. The storm left behind a path of destruction, particularly in Flagler Beach, where parts of A1A were washed away.
The report summarizes all tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin during the 2016 hurricane season and compares the team's seasonal and two-week forecasts to what actually occurred. But Barry Gilway, the Citizens president and CEO, said the 2016 storm season tested the insurer's ability to handle hurricane claims. "We had the first hurricane since the '50s in January". The season ended with Hurricane Otto, the latest calendar year Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall.
Hurricane Matthew has resulted in more than 100,000 property-damage claims, representing $606 million in value.
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Of the seven hurricanes, three reached major hurricane status, which includes hurricanes of Category 3 status or higher (111 miles per hour sustained winds or higher).
Five named storms made landfall in the United States during 2016, the most since 2008 when 6 storms hit.
Hurricane Matthew, which came very close to Florida's east coast on October 6-7, and made landfall in SC on October 8. It was the first Category 5 storm to form in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007. On average we see 12 named storms, 7 Hurricanes and 2 Major Hurricanes. It hit Nicaragua as a category 2 storm on November 24.
For Florida, which hadn't experienced a landfall since Hurricane Wilma buzzed across the state in 2005, the season brought the long-anticipated end to that run of luck. The previous record was eight years, from 1861-1868. La Niña patterns usually make the Atlantic more active, but this La Niña is weak and could potentially dissipate by February or March.
Gov. Rick Scott, who faced his first hurricanes since taking office in 2011, said several lessons were learned from the storms.