Looking back at the historic 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Safety in the Storm

(WFXR) — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season was definitely a season for the record books. The track summary shows very little of the Atlantic basin was left untouched by tropical activity.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season changed the record books for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s now the most active Atlantic Hurricane Season on record with 30 named storms. The previous record was the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season with 28 storms which included Katrina.

The historic season also saw 12 landfalling storms on the continental U.S., which is the most ever on record. In addition, it grabs another top spot for most named storms forming in one month. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season saw 10 named storms form in the month of September. The previous record was 9 storms in a singular month which was reported back in 1916.

While the strongest storms of 2020 spared our region, not passing over Southwest Virginia, we saw our share of flooding rains with Tropical Storm Zeta in late October.

In November, Tropical Storm Eta brought heavy rain that led to flooding in our area. However, this time it was a result of a long fetch of tropical moisture due to Eta in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a slowly approaching cold front.

Widespread and significant rainfall over a 36 hour period across our region led to moderate river flooding, numerous flooded roads, flooding of the water treatment plant in Brookneal, and even a mudslide across one road in Pittsylvania County.

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