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Hurricanes in Montserrat

Hurricanes occur rarely in Montserrat. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit cities is Plymouth.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Montserrat in the past 12 months was »Fiona«. It reached a wind speed of up to 93 km/h on September 16, 2022 at 11:00 pm local time near Plymouth and was 28 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical storm hurricane. On the open sea, speeds of up to 213 km/h were even measured (category 4).

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Current hurricane: Fiona

On September 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm, hurricane »Fiona« formed in the North Atlantic with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 20 km/h and reached a diameter of 278 kilometers in the meantime. The storm was named Fiona on September 14, 2022 at 11:00 pm, when it was already in the mainland area of Montserrat. Its eye grew to a size of 37 kilometers. At September 21, 2022 at 2:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 213 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category 4.

On September 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm, Fiona made landfall near the city of Channel-Port aux Basques in Canada. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 111 km/h and a diameter of 185 kilometers.

Fiona has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 133 km east of the Canadaon September 18th at 2:00 pm .

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Most violent hurricanes in Montserrat since 2018

Ian: September 19-29, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 22nd, 2022 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 647 km southeast of Plymouth.

Fiona: September 12-24, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Most Affected Cities
Plymouth

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 03rd, 2022 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 235 km north of Brades.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 27th, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 126 km southeast of Plymouth.


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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