The 2000 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2000, and lasted until November 30, 2000. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin.
Despite the high activity in 2000, most storms stayed at sea, or hit land with weak strength. The most notable storms of the season were Hurricane Alberto, which became one of the longest-lived Atlantic hurricanes to form during the month of August, and one of the longest-lived ones period. Hurricane Debby had at one point threatened South Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, although the storm dissipated without ever even making it past Category 1 hurricane status, and it never even came close to South Florida as a tropical cyclone. Hurricane Joyce is notable for its formation at an unusually low latitude, and for reaching hurricane intensity at a very southerly latitude, as well, although Joyce had little to no impact on land. Hurricane Keith was the most notable storm of the season, as it caused severe damage and loss of life in Belize, Nicaragua, and Honduras as a major hurricane. Finally, the precursor disturbance to Tropical Storm Leslie produced severe flooding in the state of Florida, causing nearly $1,000,000,000 (2000 USD) in damage.
List of Storms
- Tropical Depression One
- Tropical Depression Two
- Tropical Depression Four
- Tropical Depression Nine
- Unnamed Subtropical Storm
List of Storm Names
The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center identified a possible subtropical storm over the Bahamas in late August. It moved north, then west, bringing moderate rainfall across the Carolinas. This subtropical storm was not confirmed by the National Hurricane Center.
The World Meteorological Organization retired one name from the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season during the Spring of 2001 -- Keith. It was replaced with Kirk for the 2006 season, and is on the list of names to be used for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.