The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season was an about-average Atlantic hurricane season. Out of the 13 depressions that formed, 13 became tropical storms. 5 became hurricanes, and 3 became major hurricanes. 2 of these major hurricanes reached Cat 4 and higher. The most destructive hurricane was Cat 4 Hurricane Laura, which caused $11.5 billion in damage. It was also the deadliest, causing 286 deaths. Laura was also the strongest hurricane of the season, which became a Cat 4 155 mph storm.

Season summary

The first storm, Arthur, formed on June 13, early in the season. Bertha had also formed in late June, starting the season with two landfalling tropical storms. Cristobal, the first hurricane of the year, caused 8 deaths in eastern North Carolina, making it the first "deadly" storm that season. NHC and NOAA were not concerned about the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season until on September 14, when Hurricane Isaias became a category four hurricane in the eastern Carribean Sea. Isaias later made landfall in western Florida with 55 mph winds. The NHC made a public announcement that there is only a small chance of two or more catastrophic hurricanes to form. Laura was the next catastrophic, and last catastrophic storm. Barely under the Category 5 level, Laura had 155 mph winds and made landfall in almost the same spot as Isaias, as a Category 3 hurricane. After Marco dissipated on November 8, NHC predicted that there would not be any more storms. In the 2014 season, and no storms formed. NOAA made the announcement that this season was below-average, but was a close call for the United States.


Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

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