Hurricanes in Mauritania

Hurricanes occur rarely in Mauritania. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit region is Guidimaka.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Mauritania in the past 12 months was »Hermine«. It reached a wind speed of up to 28 km/h on September 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm local time near Sélibabi. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical depression hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 65 km/h were even measured (tropical storm).

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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 25th at 6:00 am .

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Hermine: September 21-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
on land:
max. 28 km/h
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 1002 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions

Rene: September 6-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
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 326 km southeast of Rosso in Trarza.

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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