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2006 Atlantic hurricane season
First system formed June 10, 2006
Last system dissipated November 10, 2006
Strongest storm Gordon and Helene - 955 mbar, 120 mph (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 10
Total storms 10
Hurricanes 5
Major hurricanes 2
ACE index 79
Total fatalities 7 Direct, 7 Indirect
Total damage $504.42 million (2006 USD)

The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season was a below average season, especially when compared to the previous season, this was a result of an rapidly forming and strong El Niño. This season featured a total of 10 tropical cyclones, 9 of which getting a name, 1 getting recognized as a storm in post-analysis, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. This season was the least active since 1997. The strongest storm title was tied with Hurricanes Gordon and Helene, they both caused minimal damage.



Tropical Storm Alberto

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration June 10 – June 14
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall near Adams Beach, Florida and produced torrential rains in western Cuba and in the eastern United States.[1]

Unnamed Tropical Storm

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration June 17 – June 18
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

As part of its routine post-season review, the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center (TPC/NHC) occasionally identifies a previously undesignated tropical or subtropical cyclone based on new data or meteorological interpretation. The TPC/NHC reanalysis of 2006 has re-classified a short-lived system as a tropical storm. The storm remained offshore of the northeastern United States and Nova Scotia and dissipated as a tropical cyclone before moving across Newfoundland.[2]

Tropical Storm Beryl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration July 18 – July 21
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Beryl passed over Nantucket, Massachusetts, but produced minimal impacts there or elsewhere.[3]

Tropical Storm Chris

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration August 1 – August 4
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Chris was a tropical storm whose center remained north of the Lesser Antilles before the cyclone weakened and moved across the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas as a tropical depression. Chris had little impact on these areas.[4]

Tropical Storm Debby

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration August 21 – August 26
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Debby was a tropical storm that passed just south of the Cape Verde Islands as a tropical depression, and eventually dissipated over the north-central Atlantic without striking land.[5]

Hurricane Ernesto

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 24 – September 1
Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)

Ernesto was briefly a marginal category 1 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) over the central Caribbean Sea, and it was a strong tropical storm over the extreme western Atlantic Ocean, including at its final landfall in North Carolina. While impacts from landfalls in Florida and Cuba were limited, the storm produced torrential rainfall and floods in portions of Hispaniola and eastern North Carolina. Gale-force winds and heavy rains associated with Ernesto also impacted portions of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Ernesto was directly responsible for five fatalities in Haiti.[6]

Hurricane Florence

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 3 – September 12
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  974 mbar (hPa)

Florence was a category 1 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) that brought hurricane conditions to Bermuda. As an extratropical low, it brought hurricane-force winds to portions of Newfoundland.[7]

Hurricane Gordon

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 10 – September 20
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  955 mbar (hPa)

Gordon was a category 3 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) that affected the Azores as a hurricane, causing minimal damage. As an extratropical system it brought heavy rains and high winds to parts of western Europe, causing substantial power outages and at least five injuries.[8]

Hurricane Helene

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 12 – September 24
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  955 mbar (hPa)

Helene was a long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that remained at sea and attained category 3 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.[9]

Hurricane Isaac

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 27 – October 2
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)

Isaac was a category 1 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) that developed over the central Atlantic Ocean. Even though Isaac did not make landfall, it produced tropical storm force winds over portions of southeastern Newfoundland.[10]

Storm names

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce (unused)
  • Kirk (unused)
  • Leslie (unused)
  • Michael (unused)
  • Nadine (unused)
  • Oscar (unused)
  • Patty (unused)
  • Rafael (unused)
  • Sandy (unused)
  • Tony (unused)
  • Valerie (unused)
  • William (unused)