How many hurricanes have formed in 2016?

Hurricane Otto seen by satellite.

Hurricane Otto seen by satellite. 

It seemed that the day was not going to come, but fortunately everything arrives: the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET), of the Dominican Republic, ends the hurricane season in the Atlantic. Although this does not mean that they cannot be formed again in the next few days or weeks, but the probability of that happening is very low.

It has been a time of very intense hurricanes, which has caused significant damage as a result of the floods and strong winds that have hit several towns and cities in America. Let's review the hurricanes that have formed during what will undoubtedly be a hurricane season that is hard to forget.

Hurricane Alex, between January 12 and 15


It all started in January, about five months before the official start of the season. It was the first hurricane since 1955 that formed in the first month of the year. On January 14, 2016, Hurricane Alex was formed that ended up affecting the Azores Islands and Bermuda with winds of up to 140km / h, that is, those with category 1 hurricanes.

Caused death to a person in Portugal.

Hurricane Earl, August 2-6

In August, with the warmer waters, a new hurricane formed, affecting Yucatán, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Its maximum wind gusts reached the speed of 140km / h, thus becoming a category 1 hurricane. 

Caused damages valued at more than $ 100 million, and left 64 fatalities, 52 only in Mexico.

Hurricane Gastón, between August 22 and September 3


Gastón was the first really powerful hurricane of the season with winds of up to 195km / h, thus reaching category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale in the Azores. Despite everything, there was no damage or loss to regret.

Hurricane Hermine, between August 28 and September 3

As Gastón dissolved, Hermine was formed in the Caribbean Sea, a hurricane that reached category 1. The maximum wind gusts blew at 130km / h, affecting Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and the southwestern United States.

Caused damages valued at more than $ 300 million, and left 5 fatalities in the United States.

Hurricane Matthew, between September 28 and October 10

Hurricane Matthew

Image - NASA

Towards the end of September and mid-October the world fixed its eyes on the Atlantic Ocean. There, Hurricane Matthew was formed, the most powerful of the season, reaching category 5 due to sustained winds of up to 260km / h. It affected Venezuela, Florida, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, the Lesser Antilles, and especially Haiti.

It caused property damage worth 10.58 billion dollars, and left 1710 fatalities, 1655 only in Haiti.

Hurricane Nicole, between October 4 and 18

In October we had to talk about Nicole, a Category 4 hurricane that formed in the North Atlantic near Bermuda. The maximum wind speed recorded was 215km / hbut fortunately, there was no damage or loss to regret.

Hurricane Otto, between November 20 and 27

Image - Screenshot

Image - Screenshot

Towards the end of November Otto was formed in Central America. With winds of up to 180km / h, it reached category 3, and affected Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Caused property damage valued at more than $ 8 million, and left 17 fatalities.

Thus, a total of 7 hurricanes have formed this year.

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