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Hurricanes in the Gambia

Hurricanes occur rarely in the Gambia. On average, they happen about once per year.

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

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

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Most violent hurricanes in the Gambia since 2018

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 August 31st, 2021 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 460 km southeast of Gunjur in Western.

Rene: 6th to 14th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1001 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 06th, 2020 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 198 km northeast of Bakau in Banjul.

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 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 341 km southeast of Gunjur in Western.


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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