2018 hurricanes – 15 tropical storms (and hurricanes) were given names during the hurricane season. Florence was the first major hurricane. She hit the US coast as a hurricane in September.
Hurricane Michael went ashore in the Florida Panhandle and was hours after landfall a powerful hurricane, which is extremely unusual. Michael killed over 60 people in several countries.

2018 hurricanes

2018 hurricanes – not until end of November will we have the complete overview. The hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on the last day of November.
So far 15 tropical storms have been given names. The first one appeared already in May. The first major hurricane in the Atlantic was noted September 5 when Florence unexpectedly grew to a Category 3 hurricane. Florence hit the US coast as a hurricane.

Whole coastal areas and towns were left in ruins in Florida when hurricane Michael went ashore. Michael was hours after landfall a powerful hurricane, which is extremely unusual.

Do not stay away from Florida during hurricane season

If hurricanes had been reason to stay away from Florida during the hurricane season, the state had to shut down as a tourist destination half the year.
One should (as during a thunderstorm) have respect for the forces of the weather. But do not refrain from visiting Florida because of hurricanes.

As a tourist you do not have to worry. Preparedness is high, you are warned in time and if you are not foolish enough to stay in the wrong place, the authorities makes sure that everybody is evacuated to safe areas.

From 2005 to 2006 there was hardly any signs of tropical storms. When looking back I see Matthew 2016 as a small “appetizer” of what would come a year later: Irma, as a “full course meal” that lasted for weeks 2017. Some parts of Florida have not yet fully recovered.

READ MORE: Weather statistics from nine places in Florida

Forecasters at National Hurricane Center predict a less active Atlantic hurricane season 2018. This because of several factors, like a stronger “El Nino” and other conditions in the ocean and atmosphere.

Latest news from the best sources about 2018 hurricanes

In case FloridaUSAguide not is able to do daily updates (partly because our editor is traveling), please use the best sources about 2018 hurricanes:
Weather.com and National Hurricane Center – just click on the photos!

2018 hurricanes
2018 hurricanes

Storms in the Atlantic get a name as soon as they reach the level of Tropical Storm, every other male and female name according to a predetermined list.
The names and lists rotate, and a name is permanently removed if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate.

Below compilation of 2018 hurricanes and tropical storms is presented in chronological order:

2018 hurricanes and storms: from Alberto to Nadine

  • Alberto – named already May 25. Moved from The Caribbean north to Gulf of Mexico and made a weak landfall near Panama City Beach May 28.
  • Beryl – tropical storm from July 5. Grew to a hurricane 1, moved north near Puerto Rico, touched Bermuda, to finally disappear far up north July 16.
  • Chris – got its name July 8 off the coast of North Carolina. Had both category 1 and 2 hurricane status on its north east course that actually could be followed all the way to east of Iceland.
  • Debby – tropical storm since August 8. She is very far north, I do not think we will hear much more about her.
  • Ernesto – a low pressure system in the northern Atlantic that were named August 16 when the depression was classified as a subtropical storm.

Florence a threat to the US east coast

  • Florence – named September 1 when a tropical depression west of Cap Verde Islands reached winds above 40 mph, which means a tropical storm. Unexpectedly Florence on September 5 changed to a Category 3 hurricane. Florence is a threat to the US east coast despite being downgraded to a tropical storm Friday. More up to date information about Florence further down.
  • Gordon – moving northwest in the Gulf of Mexico. Gordon made landfall just below hurricane strength Tuesday 30 miles east of Biloxi.
  • Helene – named late Friday as a tropical storm and expecting to grow to a hurricane during Sunday.
  • Isaac – got its name Saturday and seems to be much bigger threat to the Caribbean than Helene. Potential of a hurricane 1 or 2.
  • Joyce – the low pressure in the mid-Atlantic is now a tropical storm. This weather system affect Europe more than the american continent.
  • Kirk – short-lived tropical storm on the Adrican coast.
  • Leslie – moving east Tuesday September 24 southwest of the Azores. Beginning of October moving towards the Spanish peninsula.
  • Michael – a category 1 hurricane, but is expecting to grow to level 3 already on Tuesday as the hurricane strengthen en route to the Florida panhandle, actually aiming for Tallahassee (Florida’s capital) according to reports Monday.
  • Nadine – named Tuesday as a tropical storm. Nadine is southwest of Cap Verde.
  • Oscar – a category 1 and 2 hurricane during two days end of October in the mid-Atlantic.

Michael makes landfall Wednesday as a Category 3

Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the Panhandle in 13  years. Major hurricane landfalls are rare in the US during October and even rarer in the Panhandle.

At least two airports (Pensacola and Tallahassee) are closing Wednesday morning. Seven crusie ships have changed their routes.
Two Air Force bases have evacuated both aircrafts and personnel. Also employees from oli platforms are being sent ashore.

It is expected that 75 percent of the Gulf beaches will erode because of Michael.

Governor Rick Scott at a news conference Tuesday:
“If you are in an evacuation order, leave. Don’t wait, If you are on the fence, don’t think about it. Do it. This storm can kill you.”

“Micheal is monstrous and extremely dangerous”

This hurricane is described as “monstrous” and “extremely dangerous”. When this story is updated Michael has the force of a category 4 and expected to hit the coast as a category 3. The last 70 years only five October major hurricanes have made landfall in the US, three of them in Florida.

In the contiguous United States of America 16 major hurricanes have made landfall in October since 1851. Ten of those in Florida.

CNN makes gives a simple summary and explanation why Hurricane Michael is especially dangerous:

  • It’s the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Panhandle.
  • Pine trees could become flying weapons.
  • Storm surges could be deadly.
  • And cities far inland will feel an actual hurricane.

Update Thursday:

Almost a million houses and businesses have lost power.
Two deaths: One man was killed by a falling tree, an 11 year old girl was killed by a carport hitting her home.
The storm made landfall in Mexico Beach, 40 kilometer southeast of Panama City.

Update Friday:

Hurricane Michael continued to create death and disaster Friday, not only in north Florida, also in several other US states. A total of over 60 deaths.


2018 hurricanes

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