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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 East Grand Bahama, West Grand Bahama and Bimini.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in the Bahamas in the past 12 months was »Nicole«. It reached a wind speed of up to 120 km/h on November 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm local time near High Rock and was 14 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 1 hurricane.

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Most violent hurricanes in the Bahamas since 2018

Nicole: November 5-11, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
East Grand Bahama
West Grand Bahama

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 29th, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 239 km northeast of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Fiona: September 12-24, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 21st, 2022 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 348 km northwest of Cockburn Town in San Salvador.

Colin: June 30 to July 3, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 1012 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 1st, 2022 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 576 km north of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Alex: May 31 to June 6, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
on land:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
West Grand Bahama

Odette: September 16-26, 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 in North Abaco.

Mindy: September 8-10, 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 9th, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 557 km north of West End in West Grand Bahama.

Henri: August 15-24, 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: June 27-29, 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 in North Abaco.

Sally: September 11-18, 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: August 30 to September 6, 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: May 27-28, 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 in North Abaco.

Arthur: May 16-21, 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: September 12-20, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 204 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 950 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Crooked Island
Rum Cay
San Salvador

Erin: August 26-29, 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: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
on land:
max. 287 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Affected regions
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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