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Truth about 2017 hurricane season, and its place in history

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:06 PM - The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been active, with a series of powerful storms pummeling parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Hurricane Harvey was especially damaging, racking up $180 billion in damages and playing a role in dozens of deaths in the state of Texas alone.

Most of Puerto Rico remains without power, weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the region. In mid-September, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida twice, forcing the evacuation of six million people.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Ophelia, the fifteenth named storm of the season, is churning rapidly and expected to intensify.

As powerful as recent storms have been, is the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season one for the record books?

Here's a look at the statistics so far:

While 1961 and 2005 were the most active seasons on record this year's activity has been significant, landing in the ninth spot.

Atlantic hurricane season occurs between June 1 and November 30. 

Ophelia is expected to reach hurricane status later this week.

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