The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set another record last week, and this one might be the most impressive - and unsettling - yet.


What You Need To Know

  • Delta's landfall on Friday marked the 10th tropical system to make landfall on the U.S. this season

  • The landfall sets a new record (previous record of nine set in 1916)

  • Delta also marked the third hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. this season

Hurricane Delta's landfall in Louisiana on Friday meant the U.S. experienced its 10th landfall from a tropical system so far this season, breaking the old record of nine U.S. landfalls in a single season from 1916.

From Isaias to Laura to Delta, several of these storms led to big impacts across the U.S. 

Perhaps the only sliver of good news from this new record is that only five of those 10 storms were hurricanes at landfall, and you might not even remember some of these systems.

Here's a look back at the 10 storms to make landfall on the U.S. so far in the 2020 Atlantic season:

Tropical Storm Bertha

Forming just a few days before the Atlantic hurricane season officially started, Bertha formed just off the South Carolina coastline in late May. 

Just a few hours after the National Hurricane Center named Bertha, it made landfall on South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph.

Heavy rain, gusty winds and even a tornado accompanied Bertha as it moved through the Carolinas.

Tropical Storm Cristobal

Cristobal actually formed from the remnants of an Eastern Pacific storm (Amanda), and re-formed off the eastern Mexican coastline and tracked north through the Gulf of Mexico. 

Cristobal brought heavy rain and punishing surf to the northern Gulf Coast, zipping along parallel to the Mississippi River after it initially made landfall over southeastern Louisiana.

The storm also broke a record: It didn't weaken to an extratropical cyclone until it was over southern Wisconsin, making Cristobal the farthest north a tropical system has ever tracked in the United States.

Tropical Storm Cristobal over the Midwest in early June.

Tropical Storm Fay

A month after Cristobal, Fay formed in June and became the earliest sixth-named storm ever recorded in the Atlantic. Developing off the mid-Atlantic coastline, Fay slammed into New Jersey on July 10, leading to floods and power outages for New Jersey and Pennsylvania in particular.

Philadelphia and New York both saw significant impacts (mainly in the form of flooding) from the storm. Fay eventually dissipated over southern Canada on July 11th.

Heavy rain during Tropical Storm Fay in New York City. (AP/Frank Franklin)

Hurricane Hanna

The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, Hanna developed over the Gulf of Mexico and made two landfalls over far southern Texas on July 25th.

Hanna made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, though heavy rain ultimately became the big story with this storm. Flooding from Hanna led to three fatalities in northern Mexico.

Hurricane Hanna at landfall over south Texas.

Hurricane Isaias

This might be the first storm you remember from this season, and not just because of its unique name. Isaias made the long journey across the Atlantic, slowly strengthening into a Category 1 storm over the southern Bahamas.

After threatening south Florida for several days, Isaias managed to hook north and away from the Sunshine State - but the threat with this storm was far from over.

Storm surge and winds piled boats on top of each other in the marina due to Hurricane Isaias in Southport, NC on August 4, 2020. (AP/Gerry Broome)

This storm will probably earn a special place in the memories of the Northeast, where Isaias brought devastating winds that gusted to nearly 80 mph in New York City. More than three million people lost power during the storm, most of those in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

Nearly 40 tornadoes also touched down during Isaias, including an exceptionally rare EF-3 that killed two people in eastern North Carolina.

Isaias became the strongest tropical system to impact the Northeast since Sandy in 2012.

Hurricane Laura

Just a few weeks after Isaias, Laura slammed into southwestern Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane at landfall in the state since 1851.

Unfortunately, the dire forecasts ahead of the storm largely panned out. Measured winds exceeded 130 mph in southwestern Louisiana, and storm surge topped 10 feet in spots. That led to widespread flooding and devastation, with Lake Charles especially hard-hit.

Flooding and wind damage as seen from the air over Lake Charles, Louisiana due to Hurricane Laura. (AP/David Phillip)

While the storm quickly weakened as it raced inland, the cleanup from Laura, unfortunately, continues.

Tropical Storm Marco

Remember when it looked like Laura could partake in an exceptionally rare Gulf of Mexico Fujiwhara effect dance?

While that (fortunately) didn't quite pan out, Marco did make landfall on far southeastern Louisiana as a weak tropical storm, barely hanging on after getting battered by wind shear during a nearly week-long trek through the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura in the Gulf of Mexico together in late August, as viewed on satellite.

Fortunately, there wasn't much to report from this storm, though at one point it looked formidable as a hurricane over the central Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Sally

While Isaias and Laura generally zipped through their affected regions, Sally will go down a slow-moving slog of a storm.

First forming as a tropical storm near the Bahamas, Sally moved through central and south Florida, bringing bands of heavy rain and gusty winds before re-emerging over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Then, it stopped moving. 

Sally essentially parked just south of the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines, sitting and stirring up prolific rain and generating a prolonged storm surge event. 

While it sat, the storm continued to strengthen, feeding off toasty Gulf of Mexico sea-surface temperatures to do so. It eventually made landfall over Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 15th as a Category 2 hurricane.

The result of Sally's slow movement and rapid intensification before landfall: Some parts of Florida saw over two feet of rain, and the storm's surge permanently altered the geography of parts of the Florida panhandle

Vehicles maneuver on a flooded road near a boat washed up near the road after Hurricane Sally moved through the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Orange Beach, Ala. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tropical Storm Beta

Similar to Sally, Beta was a slog of a storm.

While not nearly as strong as Sally or most of the storms on this list - Beta's maximum sustained winds were only 45 mph at landfall near Matagorda Bay, Texas - it created big flooding issues around the Houston area. 

The shield of rain from Tropical Storm Beta, as viewed on satellite.

Prolific rainfall led to parts of Houston picking up nearly a foot of rain, leading to one flooding-related fatality.

Hurricane Delta

Just a few weeks after Hurricane Laura devastated the region, Hurricane Delta lashed southwestern Louisiana and far southeastern Texas with heavy rain and strong winds once again.

The storm made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana on October 9th, just a few miles from where Laura made landfall in late August.

Flooding in Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Delta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Delta also vaulted the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season into the record books, becoming the 10th-named storm to make landfall on the U.S. and breaking the old record of nine from 1916. It also became the first hurricane with a Greek name to ever make landfall on the United States.

Hurricane season - mercifully - ends on November 30th, although storms can still develop after that date.