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Hurricanes in Cape Verde

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Cape Verde. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Boa Vista and Tarrafal de São Nicolau.

The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.

Cape Verde has certainly been affected by the foothills of several hurricanes, but during the past 12 months no hurricane reached the inhabited areas on land.

Other natural hazards in Cape Verde:
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Most violent hurricanes in Cape Verde since 2018

Rose: 19th to 24th September 2021

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 1004 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 19th, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 468 km southeast of Vila Nova Sintra in Brava.

Larry: 31st August to 11th September 2021

Wind speed:
max. 204 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 953 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 01st, 2021 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 301 km south of Vila Nova Sintra in Brava.

Wilfred: 17th to 21st September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 1006 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 16th, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 520 km south of Vila Nova Sintra in Brava.

Vicky: 14th to 19th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 1001 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 13th, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 332 km east of Ponta do Sol in Ribeira Grande.

Rene: 6th to 14th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
on land:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1001 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Boa Vista
Tarrafal de São Nicolau

Lorenzo: 22nd September to 4th October 2019

Wind speed:
max. 259 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 925 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 23rd, 2019 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 404 km south of Vila Nova Sintra in Brava.


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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