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Friday, 01 December 2017 16:31

In Florida, 2017 was a Hurricane Season to Remember

(TNS) - The 2017 hurricane season, which ends Thursday, will go down as one of the most active and destructive of all time. There were 17 named storms, six of them major, and significant damage was registered in the Leeward Islands, the Caribbean and the United States.

After 12 years of calm, the Sunshine State received its first direct hit since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Hurricane Irma blasted through the Florida Keys, roared ashore near Naples, then jetted up the spine of the state, causing at least $6 billion in property damage and another $2.5 billion in agriculture losses.

Locally, Irma caused thousands of trees to topple onto roads, homes and power lines. Most homes and businesses lost power. Residents had to battle gasoline lines and find a way to get to work.

Irma was the most disruptive hurricane to make landfall in recent memory, mainly because the entire peninsula suffered damage. In Alachua and Marion counties, Irma was more disruptive than the double whammy of Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne in 2004.