Hurricane Lee has become the eighth consecutive Atlantic hurricane of this year’s hurricane season.
It’s been since 1893 since the Atlantic last encountered as many or more hurricanes as this in a row in one season.
This year’s line-up began with Franklin, forming on August 9 to become the first named hurricane of the season. During the weeks that followed, three of the eight hurricanes including Harvey, Irma, and Maria reached category 4 status and all made landfall – a record first.
Tropical storm Harvey hit Texas as a category 4 hurricane in August, piling rain in places more than any other cyclone measured on the continental United States.
Throughout Irma’s development, the destructive eyewall of the storm maintained intensity above 180mph longer than any other storm in Atlantic history – making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria continue churning in the Atlantic, but neither posing a substantial threat to land.
On Sunday evening the Category 1 Hurricane Lee’s eyewall was nearly 900 miles away from the coast of Bermuda, travelling eastward at 3 mph.
So far this year, there have been a total of seven hurricanes and 13 named storms, with potentially even more to come.
On average an entire Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June and ends in November, usually equates for only six hurricanes. However this year’s hurricane season is predicted to be the most active since 2010.