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The 2004 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season in recorded history in the north Atlantic. The season was hyperactive, shattering numerous records and causing widespread destruction and casualties across the entire basin. The season officially began on June 1, 2004, and ended on November 30, 2004. However, the season's final system, Tropical Storm Walter, formed in December, after the season's official end.

The strongest storm of the season was Hurricane Ivan, an extremely powerful Cape-Verde type hurricane that had devastating impacts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. Ivan was the second-most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. Only Hurricane Gilbert of the 1988 season was more intense. Five of the season's seven major hurricanes—Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, and Mitch—were responsible for the majority of the season's damages.

Systems

Tropical Storm Alex

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Alex June 2004.jpg
Duration June 21 – June 26
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Bonnie

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Bonnie July 2004.jpg
Duration July 4 – July 8
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Three

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD Three 2004.png
Duration July 19 – July 21
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Charley

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Charley July 2004.jpg
Duration July 25 – August 3
Peak intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  946 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Danielle

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Danielle July 2004.png
Duration August 2 – August 7
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  973 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ethan

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ethan July 2004.jpg
Duration August 10 – August 13
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Frances

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Frances August 2004.png
Duration August 17 – August 23
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  969 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eight

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD Eight 2004.jpg
Duration August 18 – August 19
Peak intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1010 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gaston

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gaston August 2004.jpg
Duration August 25 – August 31
Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Hermine August 2004.jpg
Duration August 29 – September 2
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ivan

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Ivan September 2004.jpg
Duration September 2 – September 17
Peak intensity 190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min)  887 mbar (hPa)