Posted by: mrpeatie | December 1, 2008

2008 Hurricane Season: Recap, Photos, and Images

The 2008 Hurricane Season came to a close over the weekend. Although Tropical Storm Hanna gave us a scare and came pretty close, Charleston once again avoided any direct hits or major storm impact. The season in total was above average in activity with 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes with 5 of those being major hurricanes.

 
Haiti was hit with four storms that seemed to keep the poor nation in a constant state of flooding. Three major hurricanes hit Cuba. Fay, Hanna, Gustav and Ike provided most of the drama here in the States. For the US, the season will most likely be remembered for Ike’s devastation to the Galveston region. 82 lives were lost and over $16 billion in damages were reported.

Some unique stats and records came out of this season. It was the first season to ever record major hurricanes in 5 separate months. It was the first time the US was hit with 6 consecutive storms (Dolly thru Ike). It was the first time Cuba was hit with three major hurricanes. Ike was the costliest hurricane to ever hit Texas. It was the 2nd deadliest US hurricane season and the highest wind gust ever recorded was measured over Cuba during Gustav at 212 mph.

For waaaaay more detailed and professional recaps head over to weatherbug.com or Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog.

Flooding in Haiti from Hanna

Flooding in Haiti from Hanna.

Gilchrist, Texas before Ike

Gilchrist, Texas before Ike.

Gilchrist, Texas after Ike.

Gilchrist, Texas after Ike.

Image of Ike using Synthetic Aperture Radar. The white dot in the eye is the freighter Antalina, which got caught in the storm when its engines failed.

Image of Ike using Synthetic Aperture Radar. The white dot in the eye is the freighter Antalina, which got caught in the storm when its engines failed.

Storm damage from Ike. Photo by Ray Asgar.

Storm damage from Ike. Photo by Ray Asgar.

Hanna was the closest any storm came to the LowCountry.

Hanna was the closest any storm came to the LowCountry.

Radar image of Ike and landfall.

Radar image of Ike at landfall.

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