Overview of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Richard D. Knabb and Daniel P. Brown NOAA/NWS/NCEP/National Hurricane Center
Tropical cyclone activity during the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season was by most measures very close to long-term averages. The season included 10 tropical storms of which five became hurricanes, including two major hurricanes. All of the hurricane activity occurred during a 37-day period between 27 August and 2 October. The last tropical cyclone activity of any kind also occurred on 2 October; since the beginning of the satellite era (1966), only two Atlantic seasons have ended earlier, with activity in both 1983 and 1993 ending on 30 September. For the first time since the 2001 season, no hurricanes hit the United States. Three tropical storms made landfall in the United States, where the majority of the impacts were associated with Ernesto, causing about $500 million in damages. Ernesto was also directly responsible for five fatalities in Haiti. Elsewhere across the basin, Hurricane Florence impacted Bermuda and Hurricane Gordon affected the Azores.