12 named storms as peak of Atlantic hurricane season approaches

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(WFXR) – The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has been a busy one with 12 named storms. Out of those storms, the National Weather Service (NWS) states in a report on Wednesday, Sept. 1 two major hurricanes, two hurricanes, and seven tropical storms.

The season is approaching the official peak — which falls in mid-September — and according to NWS, we’re halfway through the names.

Below is a breakdown of each storm for the year, starting with the most recent one, Larry.


Larry is currently a hurricane in the central Atlantic and is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 storm as it moves generally toward the west and northwest over the next several days. If it reaches Category 4 strength it will be the third major hurricane of the season.


Kate very briefly was a system in the central Atlantic from very late August into the first day of September. The system became a Tropical Storm for one day before dissipating. It never created any problems for any landmass.


Julian was a short-lived system in the central Atlantic in late August. It became a Tropical Storm for a few hours while tracking toward the northeast, but never impacted land.


Then came Ida. The storm developed in the southeastern Caribbean in late August. It made landfall as a low-end Category 1 hurricane on Aug. 27 in western Cuba. Then, it tracked up toward the north-northwest and underwent rapid intensification quickly becoming a strong Category 4 storm over the central Gulf of Mexico. Ida now the second major hurricane of the season made landfall near Port Fourchon, La. on Aug. 29. Severe wind damage, widespread flooding from rain, and storm surge slammed Louisiana before it trekked slowly north.

Ida crawled its way toward the northeast bringing heavy rain and severe weather to parts of Virginia. In Montgomery County, two EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed. The system produced two confirmed EF-1 tornadoes in Montgomery County.

Ida then pushed into the northeast producing several inches of rain from Pennsylvania’s lower Susquehanna Valley into Philadelphia and New York metro areas at the beginning of September. It then reached farther north and east along the southern New England coast.


Henri was a system that started east of Bermuda. It meandered south of the island before jetting toward the north. On Saturday, Aug. 21, Henri gained strength and upgraded to a hurricane, but then downgraded to Tropical Storm before making landfall in Rhode Island on Aug. 22. The storm traversed through southern New England directly much of southern and eastern New England in the days to follow.


Grace ended up becoming the second hurricane in the Atlantic for the year and eventually strengthening into a major hurricane reaching maximum winds of 125 mph. The system originated east of the Leeward Islands in mid-August.

It barrelled through the islands, cut through Jamaica, created significant flooding in Haiti — just days after experiencing a major earthquake — and ultimately made a mainland landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Aug. 19 as a low-end Category 1 hurricane. Copious amounts of rain fell there and produced widespread flooding.

It re-emerged in the Bay of Campeche later that day and made another landfall on Mainland Mexico as a mid-range Category 3 hurricane where additional flooding happened.


Fred was a Tropical Storm that started as a system east of the Leeward Islands. It tracked over those islands on Aug. 10 but didn’t really start to organize until it moved closer to Hispaniola where it made landfall a day later.

Three days later, the storm made landfall again on the northern part of Cuba. Then, the storm turned north and made a third landfall as a Tropical Storm not far from Apalachicola, Fla. on Aug. 16. The storm dissipated to a remnant low in the days to follow, but its impacts were felt significantly in our region with tornado warnings and locally heavy rainfall.


Elsa was the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. It developed in the central Atlantic and moved through the Leeward Islands on July 2 as a low-end Category 1. The storm then moved northwest toward Cuba where it made landfall on July 5 as a Tropical Storm.

After leaving Cuba, the storm cut through the southern Florida Keys and made a second landfall on July 7 in the big-bend section of Florida as a strong Tropical Storm. After that, the storm tracked right up the eastern seaboard before finally dissipating in the northern Atlantic.


Danny developed in the central Atlantic and made a b-line for the South Carolina coast on June 28. A few inches of rain fell which did cause some flash flooding but the storm quickly dissipated after making landfall.


Claudette was the first storm of the year to make direct landfall on the United States. It developed in the Bay of Campeche before tracking north. The system made landfall in southern Louisiana on June 19 and tracked to our south into the Carolinas.


Bill became a Tropical Storm back in mid-June. It never really organized while tracking off the southeast coast of the United States, but did create some swells off of the coast of the Carolinas.


The first system of the year was Ana which never directly affected land as it meandered around the central Atlantic even before the official start of the season, back in May.

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