Was the 2003 hurricane season more active than normal?
This year's Atlantic hurricane season did see more activity than in a normal year. Fourteen names storms were recorded in the year. Seven of the 14 became hurricanes with three major hurricanes.
Two hurricanes made landfall along the United States coastline during the season. The first was Hurricane Claudette that made landfall along the Texas coast near Matagorda Bay. Claudette was classified as a category 1 hurricane with 90mph winds at landfall, but there has been debate that the storm may have been a bit stronger than that. One death and close to $180 million in damages have been attributed to Hurricane Claudette.
Hurricane Isabel was the strongest storm of the season to make landfall in the United States. Isabel made landfall along the North Carolina coast as a category 2 storm with 105mph winds. The hurricane had been as strong as a category 5 hurricane, but weakened before striking the North Carolina coast. Sixteen deaths and $2.34 billion in damages have been attributed to Hurricane Isabel.
Another notable storm of the season was Hurricane Fabian which hit Bermuda with 115mph winds.
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