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2020 ties record for most major hurricanes after NWS reclassifies storm

6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, May 11 2021 May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021 1:40 PM May 11, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: NOAA

NEW ORLEANS - The 2020 hurricane season has now matched a long-standing record, producing the most major hurricanes in a single season since 2005. 

The National Weather Service made that determination Tuesday after reassessing Hurricane Zeta, one of the last systems to hit the Gulf coast last year. When the storm made landfall Oct. 28, 2020, it was initially classified as a category two hurricane. 

NWS New Orleans said Tuesday that it had retroactively determined Zeta made landfall with an intensity of 100 kt, making it a category 3 hurricane. The reclassification of the storm makes it the seventh major hurricane of the 2020 season, matching the record set in 2005.

Last year had already broken the record for most tropical/subtropical storms in a single year, with 30 named storms. 

You can read the National Weather Service's full, updated report on Zeta here.

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