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December 1 marks the end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw strong storms batter portions of the US, but spared South Jersey.

Six named storms made landfall on the continental United States this year, two of them Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were Category 4 storms when they made landfall. The intensity of the hurricanes of 2017 is notable however, it is unusual to have eight storms reach major hurricane strength, which is Category 3 or higher.

Then came September. That month alone had two Category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - as well as Category 4 Jose.

The 2018 hurricane season will begin on June 1.

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In all, 17 named storms raked across the Atlantic Ocean basin.

The active season has been quiet since November 9, when Tropical Storm Rina dissipated.

The terrible hurricane season that we desperately wanted to end in August and then September, but which callously refused, is finally over.

-Strongest hurricane to impact the Leeward Islands on record.

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Plenty more to be discussed and researched regarding this hurricane season.

Hurricane Maria also devastated in September the Windward islands, Dominica and Puerto Rico; millions of Puerto Rican people were without electricity and generation and distribution grid was destroyed by 95 percent, and killed 58 according to official reports, though several sources say the toll amounts to almost or over a thousand dead. That would go to 2005 when there were 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, and seven major hurricanes.

"December storms aren't that rare", said National Hurricane Center hurricane specialist Eric Blake in an email.

One day after New Year's 1955, Hurricane Alice carved through parts of the northern Leeward Islands, producing wind gusts up to 81 miles per hour and flooding rain. One storm even veered as far east as Ireland - underscoring how weird this hurricane season was.

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Perhaps the oddest of all was a Groundhog Day tropical storm which carved across South Florida in 1952, the only February U.S. tropical storm or hurricane landfall on record.

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