FANDOM


2020 Atlantic hurricane season (HurricaneLucas4064)
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJuly 10, 2020
Last system dissipatedDecember 19, 2020
Strongest storm
NameIsaias
 • Maximum winds175 mph (280 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure906 mbar (hPa; 26.75 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions16
Total storms14
Hurricanes7
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
4
Total fatalities2705
Total damage$186.52 billion (2020 USD)
Related articles
Atlantic hurricane seasons
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a slightly above average season, featuring 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes, which caused a total of over $186.52 billion (2020 USD) in damages. The season officially began on June 1, 2020, and ended on November 30, 2020. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention. However, tropical cyclogenesis is possible at any time of the year, as shown by Subtropical Storm Nana in December.

Seasonal Summary

Systems

Tropical Storm Arthur

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Arthur2020Lucas Arthur2020track
DurationJuly 10 – July 12
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (1-min)  1006 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Bertha

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Bertha2020Lucas Bertha2020track
DurationJuly 26 – July 31
Peak intensity110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  993 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Cristobal

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Cristobal2020Lucas Cristobal2020track
DurationAugust 6 – August 9
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1002 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Dolly

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Nicholas 2003-10-17 1355Z Dolly2020track
DurationAugust 15 – August 19
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  995 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Edouard

Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Edouard2020Lucas Edouard2020track
DurationAugust 23 – August 28
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (1-min)  983 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Fay

Category 4 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Fay2020Lucas Fay2020track-0
DurationSeptember 1 – September 5
Peak intensity240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  928 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression Seven

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD07L2020Lucas Drawing (20)
DurationSeptember 4 – September 5
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  1009 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Gonzalo

Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Gonzalo2020Lucas Gonzalo2019trackLucas
DurationSeptember 11 – September 19
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (1-min)  971 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Hanna

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Hanna2020Lucas Hanna2019trackLucas
DurationSeptember 13 – September 15
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  997 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Isaias

Category 5 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Isaias2020Lucas Isaias2020trackLucas
DurationSeptember 18 – October 4
Peak intensity280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min)  906 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Josephine

Category 4 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Josephine2020Lucas Josephine2020trackLucas
DurationSeptember 24 – October 3
Peak intensity220 km/h (140 mph) (1-min)  935 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Kyle

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
150px-Josephine 2008-09-03 1220Z Kyle2020trackLucas
DurationSeptember 29 – October 2
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  993 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Laura

Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Laura2020Lucas Laura2020trackLucas
DurationOctober 10 – October 16
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min)  963 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Marco

Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Marco2020Lucas Marco2020trackLucas
DurationOctober 23 – October 30
Peak intensity195 km/h (120 mph) (1-min)  954 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression Fifteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD15L2020Lucas TD15L2020trackLucas
DurationNovember 8 – November 11
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  1005 hPa (mbar)

Subtropical Storm Nana

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Andrea 2019-05-20 1745Z Nana2020trackLucas
DurationDecember 16 – December 19
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  999 hPa (mbar)

System Names

The following list of names was used for named storms that formed in the North Atlantic in 2020. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 2026 season. This was the same list used in the 2014 season. The name Isaias was used for the first (and only) time this year. The name Isaias replaced Ike after the 2008 season, but was not used in 2014.

  • Arthur
  • Bertha
  • Cristobal
  • Dolly
  • Edouard
  • Fay
  • Gonzalo
  • Hanna
  • Isaias
  • Josephine
  • Kyle
  • Laura
  • Marco
  • Nana
  • Omar (unused)
  • Paulette (unused)
  • Rene (unused)
  • Sally (unused)
  • Teddy (unused)
  • Vicky (unused)
  • Wilfred (unused)

Retirement

On March 28, 2020, at the 43th session of the RA IV hurricane committee, the World Meteorological Organization retired the names Fay, IsaiasJosephine, and Marco from their rotating naming lists due to the number of deaths and amount of damage they caused, and they will not be used again for another Atlantic hurricane. They will be replaced with Frieda, Irving, Joanna, and Malcolm for the 2026 season, respectively. With four names retired, the 2020 season is tied with the 1955, 1995, 2004, and 2017 seasons for the second-highest number of storm names retired after a single Atlantic season, only surpassed by the 2005 and 2024 seasons, which had five retired names.

Seasonal Effects

2020 Atlantic hurricane season statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
wind
mph (km/h)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths
Arthur July 10 – 12 Tropical storm 40 1006 Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala $10 million 10 (3)
Bertha July 26 – 31 Tropical storm 70 993 Cuba, Bahamas, Southeastern United States $200 million 15 (5)
Cristobal August 6 – 9 Tropical storm 45 1002 Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Cuba, Florida $5 million 5
Dolly August 15 – 19 Tropical storm 60 995 None None None
Edouard August 23 – 28 Category 1 hurricane 80 983 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica $300 million 56 (19)
Fay September 1 – 5 Category 4 hurricane 150 928 Belize, Mexico, Southern United States $30 billion 78 (24)
Seven September 4 – 5 Tropical depression 35 1009 Northeastern United States $5 million 3
Gonzalo September 11 – 19 Category 1 hurricane 90 971 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Southeastern United States $500 million 113 (42)
Hanna September 13 – 15 Tropical storm 60 997 Southeastern United States $150 million 17 (6)
Isaias September 18 – October 4 Category 5 hurricane 175 906 Cape Verde, Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Eastern United States $120 billion 1,367 (438)
Josephine September 24 – October 3 Category 4 hurricane 140 935 Columbia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Texas $25 billion 254 (75)
Kyle September 29 – October 2 Tropical storm 65 993 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic Minimal None
Laura October 10 – 16 Category 2 hurricane 105 963 Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Yucatan Peninsula $300 million 77 (27)
Marco October 23 – 30 Category 3 hurricane 120 954 Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba, Eastern United States $10 billion 31 (10)
Fifteen November 8 – 11 Tropical depression 35 1005 Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Yucatan Peninsula $50 million 23 (7)
Nana December 16 – 19 Subtropical storm 45 999 Bermuda None None
Season Aggregates
16 July 10 – December 19, 2020   175 906 $186.520 billion 2,049 (656)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.