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Hurricanes in Mexico

Hurricanes occur very often in Mexico. On average, they happen about 17 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Southwest, West and North.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Mexico in the past 12 months was »Rick«. It reached a wind speed of up to 167 km/h on October 25, 2021 at 4:00 am local time near Ixtapa and was 14 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 2 hurricane.

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Current hurricane: Orlene

On September 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm, hurricane »Orlene« formed in the Northeast Pacific with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved at 19 km/h 0 km/h and reached a diameter of 185 kilometers in the meantime. The storm was named Orlene on September 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm, when it was still about 441 km away from Mexico. At October 2, 2022 at 6:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 213 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category 4.

On October 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm, Orlene made landfall near the city of Victoria de Durango (North) in Mexico. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 37 km/h and a diameter of 19 kilometers.

Orlene has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 688 km southeast of United States.

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Most violent hurricanes in Mexico since 2018

Orlene: September 26 to October 4, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 949 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
North

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 27th, 2022 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 330 km west of Isla Mujeres in Yucatan Peninsula.

Kay: September 1-10, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
on land:
max. 28 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Southwest

Bonnie: June 22 to July 9, 2022

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 04th, 2022 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 256 km south of San Pedro Pochutla in Southwest.

Agatha: May 25-31, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 482 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Southwest

Rick: October 22-26, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 977 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Southwest
West
Central-South

Olaf: September 6-12, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
Baja California

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
Affected regions
West
North

Linda: August 9-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 953 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 10th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 398 km southeast of Tecpan de Galeana in Southwest.

Claudette: June 17-23, 2021

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 1003 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On June 17th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 268 km northeast of Celestún in Yucatan Peninsula.

Marie: September 27 to October 10, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 222 km/h
Diameter:
max. 482 km
Air pressure:
below 945 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 28th, 2020 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 574 km southeast of Ciudad Lázaro Cárdenas in West.

Hernan: August 25-28, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
on land:
max. 50 km/h
Diameter:
max. 444 km
Air pressure:
below 1001 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Baja California

Genevieve: August 16-22, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 950 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 20th, 2020 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 89 km southeast of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California.

Elida: August 8-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 278 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 09th, 2020 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 288 km southeast of San Patricio in West.

Hanna: July 23-26, 2020

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
on land:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 973 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Northeast

Raymond: November 13-17, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 1001 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 17th, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 321 km south of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California.

Priscilla: October 19-21, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
on land:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 1003 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
West

Nestor: October 17-21, 2019

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 778 km
Air pressure:
below 996 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 17th, 2019 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 208 km northwest of Tamiahua in East.

Imelda: September 17-19, 2019

Region:
Gulf of Mexico
Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 500 km
Air pressure:
below 1003 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 17th, 2019 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 323 km northwest of Heroica Matamoros in Northeast.

Juliette: September 1-9, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 204 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 953 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 01st, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 704 km southeast of San Patricio in West.


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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