The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted this year will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael and the damage they caused in the Southeast. For the first time, the GOES East satellite was able to see the entire Atlantic basin, allowing for a view of storms as they form off the coast of Africa and then enter the Atlantic.
The season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were “major,” or Category 3, 4 or 5. An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, according to NOAA.
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