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Hurricanes in the Gambia

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in the Gambia. On average, they happen about 2 times a 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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Current hurricane: Hermine

On September 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm, hurricane »Hermine« formed in the North Atlantic with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 19 km/h and reached a diameter of 167 kilometers in the meantime. At September 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 65 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category of a tropical storm.

On September 23, 2022 at 12:00 am, Hermine made landfall near the city of Mermoz Boabab in Senegal. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 46 km/h and a diameter of 111 kilometers.

Hermine has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 547 km southeast of the Spainon September 23rd at 9:00 pm .

Most violent hurricanes in the Gambia since 2018

Hermine: September 21-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 1002 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 22nd, 2022 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 158 km north of Kass Wollof in Central River.

Larry: August 31 to September 11, 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: September 6-14, 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: September 22 to October 4, 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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