National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) scientists predicted in the beginning of August that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is 65 percent likely to be above normal. They were correct. The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane and Tropical Storm Season continues to cause damage all throughout the Atlantic. As of October 3, 2021, the season has produced a total of 20 named storms, making it tied as the third most active storm season ever recorded. Despite the season supposedly running from June 1 to November 30, the first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Ana, formed in Bermuda on May 22. Since then, storms Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda have arrived on the Atlantic to cause a total of $55.178 billion worth of damages. The latest storm, Hurricane Sam, is said to be the most powerful storm as a high-end Category 4 storm at the moment. Though there is no threat to the U.S. mainland, the storm will affect areas in the middle of the Atlantic.
By: Lena Ciganer-Albeniz