How many powerful storms can possibly form in the Atlantic each year?


The tumultuous 2017 Atlantic hurricane season proved to be one of the most active years on record, with 17 named storms and six major hurricanes.

But it can get quite a bit stormier than that.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers looked at hurricane seasons dating back to 1851 and found that it’s quite unlikely any Atlantic hurricane season will surpass the 28 named storms and 15 hurricanes produced during the 2005 season, infamous for the deadly Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast.