Central Pacific wraps up above-normal hurricane season

Central Pacific wraps up above-normal hurricane season

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Central Pacific wrapped up an above-normal hurricane season Wednesday, with seven tropical cyclones -- two of which became major hurricanes.

The figure is still fewer than the record-breaking 2015 hurricane season, which had 15 tropical cyclones.

But this season -- which started June 1 -- did feature some hits, some near misses and lots of rain.

In July, Tropical Storm Darby made landfall on Hawaii Island, marking the first time in recorded history that two storms struck the Big Island in three years (Darby in 2016 and Iselle in 2014).

Darby brought torrential rains to the state, but no serious wind damage. Oahu got nearly a foot rain from the system, which flooded roadways and homes.

A month later, Hawaii got the prospect of a double whammy, with Hurricanes Lester and Madeline. Both brought rain and high surf to the state, but remained far enough off shore to spare the state major impacts.

Over the course of the hurricane season, the eastern Pacific hurricane basin produced 21 named storms, including five major hurricanes.

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