A breakdown of the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity and expected damage for each category.


Story Highlights

  • Of the 30 storms, 12 hit U.S. shores, also a record number. The previous record was 9.
  • October and November were extremely active with seven storms and a whopping 4 major hurricanes.
  • In the U.S., Hanna, Laura and Zeta all rapidly intensified in the 24 hours prior to landfall.

It’s officially over.

After six long months and 30 storms from Arthur to Iota, the record-shattering 2020 Atlantic hurricane season ends Monday. 

“I didn’t think I would live to see that, but it’s happened,” Penn State University meteorologist Michael Mann told USA TODAY, referring to the record number of named storms in a single season.

A typical season sees only 12 storms. 

All preseason forecasts said an active season was likely, but none came close to the actual number. “Our group