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Hurricanes in El Salvador

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in El Salvador. On average, they happen about 4 times a year.

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

El Salvador has 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 El Salvador since 2018

Lester: September 13-17, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 1002 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 14th, 2022 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 555 km east of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.

Kay: September 1-10, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 01st, 2022 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 404 km east of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.

Frank: July 23 to August 3, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 23rd, 2022 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 369 km south of Acajutla in Sonsonate.

Estelle: July 12-21, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On July 12th, 2022 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 367 km south of Acajutla in Sonsonate.

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 July 02nd, 2022 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 223 km south of Intipucá in La Unión.

Celia: June 13-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 18th, 2022 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 68 km southeast of Acajutla in Sonsonate.

Blas: June 10-20, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 09th, 2022 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 489 km southeast of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.

Agatha: May 25-31, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
Diameter:
max. 482 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On May 25th, 2022 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 482 km southeast of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.

Terry: November 2-10, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1006 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 04th, 2021 at 3:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 446 km south of Acajutla in Sonsonate.

Nora: August 24-30, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 24th, 2021 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 571 km east of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.

Julio: September 4-7, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 1004 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 04th, 2020 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 508 km east of San Francisco Menéndez in Ahuachapán.


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