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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season (Remastered)
2018 Remastered Summary Map
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed May 27, 2018
Last system dissipated November 8, 2018
Strongest storm
Name Nadine
 • Maximum winds 145 mph (230 km/h)
 • Lowest pressure 930 mbar (hPa; 27.46 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions 17
Total storms 16
Hurricanes 9
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
5
Total fatalities 354 Total
Total damage $2.16 billion (2018 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was an above normal hurricane season. Despite this, the United States saw the weakest impacts since the 2013 season. It was an above normal season that began on May 27, and ended on November 8. But these are not the official bounds. The season officially started on June 1 and ended on November 30. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the basin. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year, as showcased by Tropical Storm Alberto. The season featured 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. The season had some notable tropical cyclones. In May, Tropical Storm Alberto formed and struck the Gulf coast of Florida and moved up the east coast. In August, Hurricane Florence made landfall in Veracruz as a Category 1 hurricane, causing moderate damage. In September, Hurricane Leslie was the most significant storm of the season, striking Mexico twice as a Category 2 or higher, and moving into Texas as a Category 1 hurricane, and Hurricane Michael sideswiped the east coast, narrowly avoiding landfall. In October, Hurricane Nadine became the strongest storm of the season and made landfall in Cuba, and Tropical Storm Oscar caused disruption in the Carolinas. In November, Hurricane Patty drenched the Yucatan before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, ending the season.

Timeline

Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

Storms

Tropical Storm Alberto

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Andrea Jun 6 2013 1840Z.jpg Alberto2018MGTrack.png
Duration May 27 – June 1
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)
A large area of convection located in the Bahamas began to show signs of tropical formation around May 25. The NHC marked it for development the following day. Initially it was not forecast to develop, but rapid consolidation occurred the following afternoon, and TD One was declared on May 27. Early the next morning, it intensified into Tropical Storm Alberto. The storm moved west, making landfall on Miami as a minimal tropical storm. After crossing into the Gulf of Mexico, where more favorable conditions were, Alberto rapidly organized and intensified, reaching a peak of 50 mph, making landfall on the panhandle on May 30 at this intensity. It rapidly weakened to a Depression overland, and was initially thought to be a remnant low on May 31, as it was moving off the coast. However it remained a TC the whole time. Alberto re-intensified into a tropical storm on June 1, but became post-tropical soon after. The remnants of Alberto later moved over Nova Scotia, causing some disturbed weather.

Tropical Storm Beryl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Ernesto (2000).JPG Beryl2018MGTrack.png
Duration June 16 – June 19
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Chris

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Bonnie 23 aug 1998 1857Z.jpg Chris2018MGTrack.png
Duration July 25 – August 4
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  969 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
TD Three 2008 July 19 1415Z.jpg Debby2018MGTrack.png
Duration August 3 – August 6
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ernesto

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Karl Sept 19 2004 1340Z.jpg Ernesto2018MGTrack.png
Duration August 14 – August 27
Peak intensity 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  944 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Florence

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Diana 07 aug 1990 2004Z.jpg Florence2018MGTrack.png
Duration August 16 – August 20
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gordon

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gustav 30 August 1990.jpg Gordon2018MGTrack.png
Duration August 20 – August 28
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  959 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Helene

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ignacio2009.jpg Helene2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 2 – September 8
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  994 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Isaac

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Karina 2014.jpg Isaac2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 6 – September 16
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Joyce

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
06L Aug 25 2013 1710Z.jpg Joyce2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 7 – September 9
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Kirk

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Gabrielle Sept 10 2013 1700Z.jpg Kirk2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 13 – September 18
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Leslie

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 23 – September 29
Peak intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  954 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Michael

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Earl 2010-09-01 1801Z.jpg Michael2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 25 – October 7
Peak intensity 150 mph (240 km/h) (1-min)  936 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Fourteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Bonnie jul 23 2010 NOAA.jpg Fourteen2018MGTrack.png
Duration September 28 – October 1
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nadine

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Paloma 2008-11-08 at 1835 UTC.jpg Nadine2018MGTrack.png
Duration October 6 – October 11
Peak intensity 145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  930 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Oscar

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Hanna over the East Coast (Sept. 6, 2008 at 16-05 UTC).jpg Oscar2018MGTrack.png
Duration October 6 – October 8
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Patty

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Tropical Storm Chantal aug 21 2001 1645Z.jpg Patty2018MGTrack.png
Duration November 4 – November 8
Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  986 mbar (hPa)

Season Effects

2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

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


Alberto May 27 – June 1 Tropical storm 50 998 Bahamas, United States, Nova Scotia 46 2
Beryl June 16 – June 19 Tropical storm 40 1006 Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti Minimal None
Chris July 25 – August 4 Category 2 hurricane 105 969 Bahamas, United States, Bermuda Minimal 1
Debby August 3 – August 6 Tropical storm 40 1005 United States 9.7 None
Ernesto August 15 – August 27 Category 4 hurricane 140 944 Cape Verde, Bermuda, Newfoundland Minimal None
Florence August 16 – August 20 Category 1 hurricane 80 984 Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico 107 26
Gordon August 20 – August 28 Category 3 hurricane 80 984 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Bahamas, United States, Bermuda, Canada 45.4 3
Helene September 2 – September 8 Tropical storm 65 994 None None None
Isaac September 6 – September 16 Category 1 hurricane 90 978 Cape Verde None None
Joyce September 7 – September 9 Tropical storm 45 1003 Mexico Minimal 3
Kirk September 13 – September 18 Tropical storm 50 1002 Newfoundland None None
Leslie September 23 – September 29 Category 3 hurricane 125 954 Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, United States 1570 279
Michael September 25 – October 7 Category 4 hurricane 150 936 Cape Verde, Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas, United States, Bermuda, Canada 135.6 8
Fourteen September 28 – October 1 Tropical depression 35 1007 Bahamas, United States 25 None
Nadine October 6 – October 11 Category 4 hurricane 145 930 Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Haiti 450.6 17
Oscar October 6 – October 8 Tropical storm 65 987 Bahamas, United States, Canada 170 4
Patty November 4 – November 8 Category 1 hurricane 75 986 Mexico 53 11
Season Aggregates
17 cyclones May 27 – November 8   150 930 $2.16 Billion 354


Storm Names

The following names were used for named storms in the North Atlantic in 2018. The names not retired from this list will be used again in the 2024 season. This is the same list used in the 2012 season with the exception of Sara, which replaced Sandy.

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Michael
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael (unused)
  • Sara (unused)
  • Tony (unused)
  • Valerie (unused)
  • William (unused)

Retirement

On April 2, 2019, at the 41st session of the RA IV hurricane committee, the name Leslie was retired due to the damage and deaths it caused, and will not be used for another Atlantic hurricane. It was replaced with Leanna for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season.

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