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2000 Atlantic hurricane season
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First storm formed June 7, 2000
Last storm dissipated October 29, 2000
Strongest storm Keith – 939 mbar (hPa) (27.74 inHg), 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 19
Total storms 15
Hurricanes 8
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 3
Total fatalities 105 total
Total damage $1.296 billion (2000 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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The 2000 Atlantic hurricane season was an Atlantic hurricane season. The season officially started on June 1, 2000, and it ended on November 30, 2000. This time period is when tropical cyclones usually form in the Atlantic Ocean.


Tropical Depression One

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration June 7 – June 8
Intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min),  1008 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression One started on June 7 in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Depression One moved around for a little bit before it died on June 8. The depression caused rain affects in Mexico.

Tropical Depression Two

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration June 23 – June 25
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1008 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two started on June 23 near Cape Verde. Two was forecast to become a tropical storm, but two didn't. Tropical Depression Two died on June 25, before it could come near any land.

Hurricane Alberto

Category 3 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration August 3 – August 23
Intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min),  950 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Alberto was a long lived hurricane, it lasted for nearly three weeks. Its track was the second longest for an Atlantic hurricane. Alberto moved almost 6,500 miles. Hurricane Alberto started on August 3 and died on August 23. The remains of Alberto were last seen about 85 miles east of Jan Mayen.

Tropical Depression Four

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration August 8 – August 11
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1009 mbar (hPa)

On August 8, a very small depression started. The depression headed for Florida, but moved back almost the same direction. Four died on August 11. Tropical Depression Four only caused rain in Florida.

Tropical Storm Beryl

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration August 13 – August 15
Intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min),  1007 mbar (hPa)

Beryl was a tropical storm that started on August 13. Later, on August 15 it made landfall in Mexico, while winds were at 50 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Beryl quickly died over Mexico. The storm killed one person and caused $27,000 in damage.

Tropical Storm Chris

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration August 17 – August 19
Intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min),  1008 mbar (hPa)

Chris was a weak tropical storm that started on August 17. Tropical Storm Chris was a tropical storm for not very long before wind shear destroyed it on August 19.

Hurricane Debby

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration August 19 – August 24
Intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min),  991 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Debby started on August 19. During its life it moved mostly west. On August 22, Debby made three landfalls in: Barbuda, St. Barthelemy, and Virgin Gorda. The hurricane moved just a bit north of Dominican Republic, causing light damage. At first, Debby was forecast to strike Florida, possibly as a category 4 hurricane. Debby instead stayed south and died to the south of Cuba. The hurricane killed one person and caused $735,000 in damage.

Tropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration September 1 – September 3
Intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min),  1008 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ernesto was like Tropical Storm Chris earlier in the season. It was short lived, it was a weak tropical storm, and it died because of wind shear. Ernesto started on September 1 and died on September 3.

Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration September 8 – September 9
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1008 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Nine was a tropical depression that made landfall in Texas. It did not get much of a change to become a tropical storm before landfall. It died on September 9, shortly after landfall.

Hurricane Florence

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 10 – September 17
Intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min),  985 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Florence started on September 10 and died on September 17, near Newfoundland. Florence caused high waves in North Carolina, which killed 3 people.

Hurricane Gordon

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 14 – September 18
Intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min),  981 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gordon started just east of the Yucatan Peninsula, as a tropical depression. It was landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula not long after. Gordon moved into the Gulf of Mexico and became a tropical storm. On September 17 it became a hurricane. But it weakened to a tropical storm before it made landfall on Cedar Key, Florida. Gordon weakened fast and died on September 21. Gordon killed 26 people and caused $10.8 million in damage.

Tropical Storm Helene

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration September 15 – September 25
Intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min),  986 mbar (hPa)

On September 15, a tropical depression with the number "Twelve" started. It died not long after starting. The remains moved west and became a depression again on September 21. The depression became a tropical storm and was named "Helene". On September 22, Helene made landfall in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Tropical Storm Helene weakened fast over land. It later on got back to the Atlantic Ocean before it died on September 25. As a result of Helene, 2 people were killed and there was $16 million in damage.

Hurricane Isaac

Category 4 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 22 – October 6
Intensity 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min),  943 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Isaac was a powerful hurricane that peaked as a category 4 For all of its life it stay far from land. But, it caused high waves sunk a boat and drowned one of the passengers off of Long Island in New York.

Hurricane Joyce

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 25 – October 2
Intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min),  975 mbar (hPa)

Joyce started as a depression on September 25. Hurricane Joyce peaked as a category 1 hurricane. It weakened back to a depression before it passed between some of the Windward Islands. Joyce died on October 2 in the southeast Caribbean Sea.

Hurricane Keith

Category 4 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 28 – October 6
Intensity 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min),  939 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Keith was the strongest hurricane of the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season. Keith struck Belize and Mexico before it died on October 6. Keith killed 40 people and left $319 million in damage. Most of this damage happened in Belize. It was because it struck Belize while stronger than when it struck Mexico.

Tropical Storm Leslie

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration October 4 – October 7
Intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min),  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Leslie started as a subtropical depression over Central Florida. Leslie did got very strong before it died on October 7. The low pressure that made Leslie start, caused almost $1 billion in damage.

Hurricane Michael

Category 2 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration October 15 – October 20
Intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min),  965 mbar (hPa)

Michael started on October 15 as a subtropical depression, and it moved slow at first. It moved faster and got stronger at the same time. It made landfall in Newfoundland as a category 1 hurricane. Michael died very shortly later. No damage or deaths reported.

Tropical Storm Nadine

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration October 19 – October 21
Intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min),  999 mbar (hPa)

Nadine started as Tropical Depression Eight on October 19, it was located 600 miles from land at the time and it would never get closer than that. Nadine became a tropical storm and died on October 21.

Unnamed Subtropical Storm

Subtropical storm (SSHS)
Duration October 25 – October 29
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min),  976 mbar (hPa)

This Subtropical Storm was the final storm in 2000. It started on October 25 as a subtropical storm. It headed near Nova Scotia and Nefoundland, but it died on October 29, before reaching those places.

Storm names

The names below is the full list of storm names for use in 2000. This list if exactly the same as the one in 1994, because no names were retired in 1994.

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


In spring 2001, the name Keith was retired. It was replaced by Kirk in 2006.

Tropical cyclones of the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5

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