After a brutal 2017 hurricane season, tropical storms in 2018 were watched closely.

In late August, Hurricane Florence – a Category 4 hurricane— hit North and South Carolina the hardest and both declared states of emergencies.

Nearly a month later, in early October, another Category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Michael, hit the United States and led to the deaths of 45 people across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Later in October, the last hurricane formed, Hurricane Oscar, but it never hit land.

The season ended with eight hurricanes-- including two Category 4 hurricanes. According to the Hurricane Research Division at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the average number of hurricanes per year is 6.3 with the average landfalling hurricanes per year being 1.7. The most major hurricanes (like category four hurricanes) hitting landfall in one year is four, which happened in 2005.

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The fourth of our 10 top stories of 2018 will post on Dec. 13.