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 S. 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 measured (tropical storm).

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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 6th, 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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