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Hurricanes in El Salvador

Hurricanes occur rarely in El Salvador. On average, they happen about once per 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

Terry: 2nd to 10th November 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: 24th to 30th August 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: 4th to 7th September 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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