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Hurricanes in the Dominican Republic

Hurricanes occur rarely in the Dominican Republic. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit regions are Yuma and Cibao.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in the Dominican Republic in the past 12 months was »Fiona«. It reached a wind speed of up to 167 km/h on September 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm local time near Cabrera and was 11 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 2 hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 213 km/h were even measured (category 4).

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Current hurricane: Ian

On September 19, 2022 at 8:00 am, hurricane »Ian« formed in the North Atlantic with an initial wind speed of 37 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 30 km/h and reached a diameter of 167 kilometers in the meantime. At September 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 157 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category 2.

On September 22, 2022 at 5:00 am, Ian made landfall near the city of Juan Griego in Venezuela. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 56 km/h and a diameter of 167 kilometers.

Ian has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 591 km northeast of the Jamaicaon September 24th at 5:00 pm .

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Most violent hurricanes in the Dominican Republic since 2018

Ian: September 19-27, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 157 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 23rd, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 334 km south of Oviedo in Enriquillo.

Fiona: September 12-24, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Yuma
Cibao

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 04th, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 367 km northwest of Punta Cana in El Valle.

Humberto: September 12-20, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 204 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 950 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 12th, 2019 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 439 km northeast of San Fernando de Monte Cristi in Cibao.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 29th, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 272 km northwest of Punta Cana in El Valle.


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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