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Hurricanes in Martinique

Hurricanes occur rarely in Martinique. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit cities is Les Trois-Îlets.

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

Martinique has certainly been affected by the foothills of several hurricanes, but during the past 12 months no hurricane reached the inhabited areas on land.

Other natural hazards in Martinique:
Volcanos
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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 22nd at 11:00 am .

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Most violent hurricanes in Martinique 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 21st, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 400 km south of Sainte-Luce.

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 16th, 2022 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 174 km north of Basse-Pointe.

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 02nd, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 407 km north of Basse-Pointe.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Most Affected Cities
Les Trois-Îlets


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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