Hurricanes aren't anything new. in the 1880s, a record 27 hurricanes made landfall in the U.S.
So hurricanes are something new and could be the result of climate change, right?
Well, hurricanes aren’t anything new. Since 1851, 292 hurricanes have made landfall on the United States, according to the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic & Meteorological Laboratory.
And recent years or decades don’t necessarily show an increase in the storms. In the 2000s, 18 hurricanes hit the U.S. Of those, 11 were Category I and 2 storms. Six were Category 3 storms and one was a Category 4 hurricane.
In the 1880s, a record 27 hurricanes made landfall. Of those, 20 were Category 1 and 2 storms. Five were Category 3s and one was a Category 4.
Seventeen Category 4 storms have hit the U.S., with three of them hitting in the 1910s.
Only two Category 5 storms have made landfall — Camille in 1969 in Louisiana, and the Labor Day storm in 1935 in Florida.
Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area as a Category 3 storm, and was the first major hurricane to make landfall since 2005. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 3 storm.
Here’s the number of hurricanes have have made made landfall since 1851.