Hurricanes in Colombia

Hurricanes occur rarely in Colombia. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit region is La Guajira.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Colombia in the past 12 months was »Bonnie«. It reached a wind speed of up to 65 km/h on June 30, 2022 at 4:00 am local time near Uribia and was 56 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical storm hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 185 km/h were even measured (category 3).

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Most violent hurricanes in Colombia since 2018

Bonnie: 22nd June to 9th July 2022

Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 65 km/h
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
La Guajira

Terry: 2nd to 10th November 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1006 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 02nd, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 548 km southeast of San Andrés in Archipiélago de San Andrés.

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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