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Hurricanes in the Bahamas

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in the Bahamas. On average, they happen about 4 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Central Abaco, Bimini and Crooked Island.

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

Bahamas have 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 Bahamas since 2018

Odette: 16th to 26th September 2021

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 16th, 2021 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 503 km northwest of Cooper’s Town in North Abaco.

Mindy: 8th to 10th September 2021

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 09th, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 557 km north of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Henri: 15th to 24th August 2021

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 986 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 20th, 2021 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 527 km northwest of Marsh Harbour in Central Abaco.

Danny: 27th to 29th June 2021

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 1009 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 27th, 2021 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 445 km northwest of Cooper’s Town in North Abaco.

Sally: 11th to 18th September 2020

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Bimini

Omar: 30th August to 6th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 1003 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 30th, 2020 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 393 km north of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Bertha: 27th to 28th May 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1005 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On May 27th, 2020 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 531 km north of Cooper’s Town in North Abaco.

Arthur: 16th to 21st May 2020

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On May 16th, 2020 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 149 km north of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Humberto: 12th to 20th September 2019

Wind speed:
max. 204 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 950 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Crooked Island
Rum Cay
San Salvador
Central Abaco

Erin: 26th to 29th August 2019

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 August 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 703 km northwest of Marsh Harbour in Central Abaco.

Dorian: 24th August to 5th September 2019

Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Affected regions
Central Abaco
North Abaco
East Grand Bahama


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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