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Hurricanes in Caribbean Netherlands

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Caribbean Netherlands. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit region is Bonaire.
The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.
The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Caribbean Netherlands in the past 12 months was »Julia«. It reached a wind speed of up to 56 km/h on October 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm local time near Kralendijk and was 65 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical depression hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 139 km/h were measured (category 1).
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Most violent hurricanes in Caribbean Netherlands since 2018

Nicole: November 5-11, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 5th, 2022 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 430 km east of The Bottom in Saba.

Lisa: October 27 to November 5, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 28th, 2022 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 119 km northwest of Rincón in Bonaire.

Julia: October 2-10, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 982 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Bonaire

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 22nd, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 143 km northwest of Kralendijk in Bonaire.

Fiona: September 12-24, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 17th, 2022 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 132 km southeast of Oranjestad in Sint Eustatius.

Earl: August 27 to September 10, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 954 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 3rd, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 170 km north of The Bottom in Saba.

Bonnie: June 22 to July 9, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 29th, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 75 km south of Kralendijk in Bonaire.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 28th, 2019 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 107 km east of The Bottom in Saba.

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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