2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed May 16, 2020
Last storm dissipated November 18, 2020
Strongest storm Iota – 917 mbar (hPa) (27.09 inHg), 155 mph (250 km/h) (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 31 (record high, tied with 2005)
Total storms 30 (record high)
Hurricanes 14
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 7 (record high, tied with 2005)
Total fatalities ≥ 409 total
Total damage > $46.909 billion (2020 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season ever recorded, breaking the record of 2005.[1] The season had a record-breaking 12 storms that hit the U.S, with many making landfall in Louisiana. The season had had thirty-one tropical or subtropical cyclones, thirty named storms, fourteen hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes. It had over twenty tropical storms that broke formation date records. The season happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it harder to evacuate and give help to people who needed it.[2][3]

Season summary[change | change source]

Hurricane IotaHurricane EtaHurricane ZetaHurricane DeltaHurricane SallyHurricane LauraHurricane IsaiasHurricane Hanna (2020)Tropical Storm Bertha (2020)Tropical Storm Arthur (2020)Saffir–Simpson scale

The season had 30 named storms and one that wasn't named because it wasn't strong enough.

Storms[change | change source]

Tropical Storm Arthur[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationMay 16 – May 19
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Arthur was an early storm. It formed on May 16 from a stormy area near Cuba, and caused damage in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as The Bahamas and Bermuda. Even though the storm was somewhat strong, it only lasted three days.

Tropical Storm Bertha[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationMay 27 – May 28
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Bertha was an early storm as well. While it only lasted one day, it caused some damage in The Bahamas and Southern United States. It also led to the Crew Dragon Demo-2 flight being delayed.

Tropical Storm Cristobal[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationJune 1 – June 10
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  992 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Cristobal was the earliest third named storm on record.[4] The storm had formed from clouds left-over by Tropical Storm Amanda. The storm formed in the Bay of Campeche, devastated Mexico, and stalled, before hitting Louisiana.[5] The storm then traveled up to Wisconsin, as a weaker tropical depression, before becoming post-tropical.

Tropical Storm Dolly[change | change source]

Tropical storm
Dolly 2020-06-23 1720Z.jpg Dolly 2020 track.png
DurationJune 22 – June 24
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Dolly was a short-lived storm. It formed on June 22 as a subtropical system, becoming tropical on June 23, as it reached tropical storm status, and dissipated on June 24.

Tropical Storm Edouard[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationJuly 4 – July 6
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Edouard formed in an unusual time of the year, in July. It formed on July 4, and reached tropical storm status on July 6. After reaching tropical storm status, it became the earliest fifth named storm until Hurricane Elsa formed on July 1, 2021.

Tropical Storm Fay[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationJuly 9 – July 11
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

Earliest sixth named storm.[6] Tropical Storm Fay formed off the coast of the Carolinas and then struck New Jersey as a tropical storm, weakening inland.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationJuly 21 – July 25
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Earliest seventh named storm. Nearly made a landfall in Guyana.

Hurricane Hanna[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane
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DurationJuly 23 – July 27
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  973 mbar (hPa)

In July 23, Hanna formed in the Gulf of Mexico, from a tropical wave. On July 24, it reached tropical storm status, becoming the earliest named eighth storm. The storm rapidly strengthened, becoming a hurricane on July 25. It then before hitting Texas later that day. The damage was bad, as a pandemic was growing at that time.

Hurricane Isaias[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane
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DurationJuly 30 – August 5
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  986 mbar (hPa)

Isaias was a bad storm. It hit the Bahamas, before moving up the east coast of the United States, making landfall in North Carolina. Before the storm formed, it was broad and disorganized, but upon being named on July 30,[7] Isaias became the earliest ninth named storm ever recorded. It then moved up into the Dominican Republic, and then into the Bahamas. It then traveled off the coast of the United States, and hit North Carolina. Isaias caused over $4.2 billion dollars worth of damage.

Tropical Depression Ten[change | change source]

Tropical depression
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DurationJuly 31 – August 2
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical depression Ten formed on July 31, but failed to strengthen due to harsh conditions. The storm moved slowly, and dissipated on August 2. Some tropical storm force winds were found in the center of the system by the National Hurricane Center, but they said it was bloated.

Tropical Storm Josephine[change | change source]

Tropical storm
Josephine 2020-08-13 1645Z.jpg Josephine 2020 track.png
DurationAugust 11 – August 16
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

Earliest tenth named storm.

Tropical Storm Kyle[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationAugust 14 – August 16
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Earliest eleventh named storm, breaking the record of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Laura[change | change source]

Category 4 hurricane
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DurationAugust 20 – August 29
Peak intensity150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  937 mbar (hPa)

On August 20, a tropical wave organized into a tropical depression. The next day, the depression, which was originally disorganized, strengthened into Tropical Storm Laura. Upon reaching tropical storm status, it became the earliest twelfth tropical storm in the Atlantic. The system then passed over the Leeward Islands, passing south of Puerto Rico. The system made landfall on the Dominican Republic, but the system had not lost any strength, despite the mountainous terrain. The system then made landfall in Cuba twice, before becoming a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico on August 24. The storm underwent rapid intensification, becoming a category 2 hurricane on August 25. Laura became a major hurricane (Category 3) 9 hours later. The storm then became a Category 4 six hours later. Its highest winds were 150 mph. The storm hit Louisiana around that time. After going over Louisiana, the system quickly weakened, and lost its life over Kentucky.

In Louisiana, buildings were damaged very badly by the storm. The highest winds were reported at 95 miles per hour in Lake Charles, along with a gust of 137 miles per hour also in Lake Charles. Damage was the worst in Lake Charles, where almost every house had a tarp on it to keep out rain after their roofs had been destroyed. Luckily, even though a push of water was suppose to be more than 15 feet in places, at last minute, it moved to the west, pushing all the water into places with less people.

Hurricane Marco[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane
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DurationAugust 20 – August 25
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  991 mbar (hPa)

Earliest thirteenth named storm.

Tropical Storm Omar[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationAugust 31 – September 5
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Earliest fifteenth named storm. Very unusual track.

Hurricane Nana[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane
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DurationSeptember 1 – September 4
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  994 mbar (hPa)

Earliest fourteenth named storm. Formed after Omar, but strengthened into a tropical storm before Omar.

Hurricane Paulette[change | change source]

Category 2 hurricane
Paulette 2020-09-14 1750Z.jpg Paulette 2020 track.png
DurationSeptember 7 – September 23
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)

Earliest sixteenth named storm.[8] It then made a very rare landfall in Bermuda,[9] and then dissipated.[10] After it dissipated, it became a tropical storm again. Because of this, people called it a "zombie storm," because it came back after dissipating.

Tropical Storm Rene[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationSeptember 7 – September 14
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Earliest seventeenth named storm.

Hurricane Sally[change | change source]

Category 2 hurricane
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DurationSeptember 11 – September 17
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)

Earliest eighteenth named storm. Sally hit Alabama as a Category 2 with a peak intensity of 110 mph.

Hurricane Teddy[change | change source]

Category 4 hurricane
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DurationSeptember 12 – September 24
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  945 mbar (hPa)

Earliest nineteenth named storm.[11] This storm formed and eventually became a category 4,[12] before weakening and hitting Newfoundland with winds 65 mph.

Tropical Storm Vicky[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationSeptember 14 – September 17
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Earliest twentieth named storm.

Tropical Storm Beta[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationSeptember 17 – September 23
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  993 mbar (hPa)

Earliest twenty-third named storm.

Tropical Storm Wilfred[change | change source]

Tropical storm
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DurationSeptember 18 – September 21
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Earliest twenty-first named storm.

Subtropical Storm Alpha[change | change source]

Subtropical storm (SSHS)
Alpha 2020-09-18 1410Z.jpg Alpha 2020 track.png
DurationSeptember 18 – September 19
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)

Earliest twenty-second named storm. Made an extremely rare landfall in mainland Europe. Made 2020 only the second season to use the Greek Alphabet.

Hurricane Gamma[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane
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DurationOctober 2 – October 6
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Earliest twenty-fourth named storm.

Hurricane Delta[change | change source]

Category 4 tropical cyclone
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DurationOctober 5 – October 11
Peak intensity220 km/h (140 mph) (1-min)  953 hPa (mbar)

Earliest twenty-fifth named storm. Made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2, causing catastrophic damage.

Hurricane Epsilon[change | change source]

Category 3 tropical cyclone
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DurationOctober 19 – October 26
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  952 hPa (mbar)

Earliest twenty-sixth named storm. Fourth major hurricane of the season.

Hurricane Zeta[change | change source]

Category 3 tropical cyclone
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DurationOctober 24 – 29
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (1-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Earliest twenty-seventh named storm. Caused damage in the Southeast United States. Brought snow to New England.

Hurricane Eta[change | change source]

Category 4 tropical cyclone
Eta 2020-11-03 0640Z.jpg Eta 2020 track.png
DurationOctober 31 – November 13
Peak intensity240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  922 hPa (mbar)

Earliest twenty-eight named storm. Became a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Struck Central America, Cuba, and Florida.

Tropical Storm Theta[change | change source]

Tropical storm
Theta 2020-11-10 1430Z.jpg Theta 2020 track.png
DurationOctober 10 – November 15
Peak intensity110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  987 hPa (mbar)

On November 10, Subtropical Storm Theta formed, making the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record. The next day, the storm transitioned into a tropical storm, as it peaked with winds of 70 mph (110 km/h).[13] The storm then weakened,[14] but restrengthened to reach 65 mph (105 km/h),[15] before weakening, and eventually dissipating on July 15.[16]


Hurricane Iota[change | change source]

Category 4 hurricane
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DurationNovember 13 – November 18
Peak intensity155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)  917 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Iota was a deadly and damaging storm that hit Central America on November 17. Forming in the Caribbean Sea, the storm strengthened a lot rapidly, becoming one of the latest Category 4 storms to form, reaching Category 4 status on November 16.

Season effects[change | change source]

This is a table of all the storms that have formed in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. It includes their duration, names, landfall(s), denoted in parentheses, damages, and death totals. Deaths in parentheses are additional and indirect (an example of an indirect death would be a traffic accident), but were still related to that storm. Damage and deaths include totals while the storm was extratropical, a tropical wave, or a low, and all the damage figures are in USD. Potential tropical cyclones are not included in this table.

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
2020 North Atlantic tropical cyclone season statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
wind
mph (km/h)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths Refs


Arthur May 16 – 19 Tropical storm 60 (95) 990 Southeastern United States, The Bahamas, Bermuda $112,000 None [17]
Bertha May 27 – 28 Tropical storm 50 (85) 1005 Southeastern United States, The Bahamas > $130,000 1 [18]
Cristobal June 1 – 10 Tropical storm 60 (95) 988 Central America, Mexico, Central United States, Great Lakes Region, Eastern Canada ≥ $665 million 15 [19][20][21][22]
[23][24]
Dolly June 22 – 24 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1000 East Coast of the United States, Atlantic CanadaNone None None
Edouard July 4 – 6 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1007 Bermuda, British Isles, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Western Russia Minimal None
Fay July 9 – 11 Tropical storm 60 (95) 998 East Coast of the United States, Eastern Canada ≥ $350 million 6 [25][26][27][28]
[24]
Gonzalo July 21 – 25 Tropical storm 65 (100) 997 Windward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela Minimal None
Hanna July 23 – 27 Category 1 hurricane 90 (150) 973 Greater Antilles, Gulf Coast of the United States, Mexico ≥ $875 million 5 [29][30][31][32]
[24]
Isaias July 30 – August 5 Category 1 hurricane 90 (150) 986 Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, East Coast of the United States, Eastern Canada $4.725 billion 18 [33][34][35]
[36][37]
[38][39][40]
[41][42]
Ten July 31 – August 2 Tropical depression 35 (55) 1007 Cabo Verde Islands None None
Josephine August 11 – 16 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1004 None None None
Kyle August 14 – 16 Tropical storm 50 (85) 1000 The Carolinas None None
Laura August 20 – 29 Category 4 hurricane 150 (240) 937 Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles, Yucatán Peninsula, Southern United States $19.1 billion 47 (30) [43][44][45][46]
[47][48][49][50]
[51][52][53][54]
[55]
Marco August 20 – 25 Category 1 hurricane 75 (120) 991 Lesser Antilles, Venezuela, Central America, Greater Antilles, Yucatán Peninsula, Gulf Coast of the United States ≥ $35 million 1 [55]
Omar August 31 – September 5 Tropical storm 40 (65) 1003 Southeastern United States, Bermuda, Scotland None None
Nana September 1 – 4 Category 1 hurricane 75 (120) 994 Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Central America, Southeastern Mexico ≥ $20 million None [55]
Paulette September 7 – 23 Category 2 hurricane 105 (165) 965 Cabo Verde Islands, Bermuda, East Coast of the United States, Azores, Madeira > $50 million 1 [56]
Rene September 7 – 14 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1001 Senegal, The Gambia, Cabo Verde Islands Minimal None
Sally September 11 – 18 Category 2 hurricane 110 (165) 965 The Bahamas, Cuba, Southeastern United States ≥ $6.26 billion 8 [57][58][59][60]
[55]
Teddy September 12 – 23 Category 4 hurricane 140 (220) 945 Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles, Bermuda, East Coast of the United States, Atlantic Canada > $35 million 3 [61] [56]
Vicky September 14 – 17 Tropical storm 50 (85) 1001 Cabo Verde Islands Minimal 1
Beta September 17 – 23 Tropical storm 65 (100) 993 Mexico, Gulf Coast of the United States ≥ $400 million 1 [56]
Wilfred September 18 – 21 Tropical storm 40 (65) 1006 None None None
Alpha September 18 – 19 Subtropical storm 50 (85) 996 Iberian Peninsula > $1 million 1 [62][55]
Gamma October 2 – 6 Category 1 hurricane 75 (120) 978 Cayman Islands, Central America, Yucatán Peninsula > $100 million 7 [56]
Delta October 5 – 10 Category 4 hurricane 140 (220) 953 Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Central America, Yucatán Peninsula, Gulf Coast of the United States $4.19 billion 6 [63]
Epsilon October 19 – 26 Category 3 hurricane 115 (185) 952 Bermuda Minimal None
Zeta October 24 – 29 Category 3 hurricane 115 (185) 970 Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Central America, Yucatán Peninsula, Gulf Coast of the United States, East Coast of the United States ≥ $4.4 billion 8 [64][65]
Eta October 31 – November 13 Category 4 hurricane 150 (240) 922 ABC Islands, Jamaica, San Andrés and Providencia, Central America, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Cuba, The Bahamas, Southeastern United States $8.3 billion 172 (3) [66][67] [68]
Theta November 10 – 15 Tropical storm 70 (110) 987 Canary Islands, Madeira None None
Iota November 13 – 18 Category 4 hurricane 155 (250) 917 ABC Islands, Venezuela, Colombia, San Andrés and Providencia, Central America, Mexico $1.4 billion 67 (17) [68]
Season Aggregates
31 systems May 16 – November 18   155 (250) 917 > $51.105 billion ≥ 339 (77)  

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