U.S. hurricane drought still in record territory

Its been almost nine years since the last major hurricane struck the US Mainland. That's more than 3,230 days.

Remember, we are talking MAJOR hurricanes, of Category 3 strength or higher. The last major hurricane was Hurricane Wilma which hit Florida on October 24, 2005. This is unprecedented in the hurricane record since 1900. Its a full 2 1/2 years ahead of the second-longest US hurricane drought ever recorded.

On average, the Atlantic Basin/Caribbean area see 11 named tropical systems. Seven of those become hurricanes. Two of them are major hurricanes. We currently have Tropical Storm Marie, a former Category 5 Hurricane, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean stirring up high surf along California's southern coast. In the Atlantic, we had the third named storm of the season, Hurricane Cristobal, churning up to the west of Bermuda.

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