Hurricane season is observed between June 1 and November 30 each year.
Depending on meteorological conditions such as ocean temperatures and wind shear, the strength and severity of the storms can differ greatly.
Hurricane Season 2017 was particularly devastating, claiming 3,361 lives and costing $282.16 billion, going down in history as the costliest on record.
With the first major storms of 2018 wreaking havoc on both sides of the globe – Hurricane Florence in the US and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines – this year is shaping up to be another brute.
How many hurricanes are in the ocean right now?
There are currently, at the time of writing, no hurricanes active.
For the majority of the last week, there were six major storms currently churning across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans: Tropical storm Helene, tropical storm Joyce, ex-hurricane Florence, typhoon Mangkhut, tropical storm Isaac and tropical cyclone One.
However, with many of these beginning as hurricanes and later reducing to tropical storms, the majority have now dissipated entirely.
Find out below which storms remain in the oceans right now.
1: Tropical Storm Joyce
Joyce isn’t expected to pose any threat to land but is kicking up quite a storm in the Atlantic, with winds of up to 40mph.
The tropical storm has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, southwest of the Azores.
The latest NHC advisory read: “Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Joyce is expected to become a remnant low within the next two days.”
2: Typhoon Mangkhut
Even bigger than Hurricane Florence, Mangkhut is the largest and deadliest storm we’ve seen so far this year.
Mangkhut claimed at least 11 lives as it tore through the northern Philippines, before heading toward Hong Kong and China’s densely populated south coast.
About 105,000 people are in temporary shelters as the storm – equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane now, churns west with winds of more than 124mph.
The latest advisory says the storm is still an “expansive system” that has maintained a “deep convection near its centre”.
However, the advisory adds: “will continue to track west-northwestward under the steering influence of the str and weaken rapidly over land in southern China.”
3: Tropical Cyclone One
The only major storm in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment, One is moving past Madagascar with winds of 45mph, with a potential tropical disturbance to hit Mauritius.
The cyclone is currently located about 592NM from port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 11 knots over the past six hours.
Unfavourable conditions at sea suggest the storm will weaken and dissipate in the coming hours.