Are we over the “hurricane hump”?

A Connecticut shoreline home is boarded up in advance of a storm (file).

(WTNH) — Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused devastation and billions of dollars of damage in the United States. We managed to escape both storms, but are we over the hump with hurricane season yet?

Now, in order to be technical, the Atlantic Hurricane season is actually more than halfway over. It goes from June 1 to Nov. 30, making the beginning of September the middle of the season. Statistically speaking, the frequency of hurricanes are highest right around this time of the year, around Sept. 10.

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So, in theory we’re over the hump, but that’s across the whole country, does that still stand in Connecticut though? It seems as though that’s the case for us too!

Over the last 100 years, New England has seen 22 systems make landfall in New England, and 23 if you count Superstorm Sandy which actually made landfall in New Jersey.

The worst in modern history was the hurricane of 1938, making landfall as a Category 3 storm! This storm happened on Sept. 21. The next most devastating storm in our history is Hurricane Carol in 1954.

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This storm occurred the end of August.

In recent history, Irene caused destruction in late August, and Sandy made landfall during the end of October, which is much later than average. If you take all of these major storms and find the middle date, you’ll find it’s right around the 10th of September.

Thankfully, out of the hurricane strikes in Connecticut, the majority of them did happen before this date. But, don’t forget, it only takes one storm to cause devastation here in Connecticut!

 

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