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Hurricanes in Sint Maarten

Hurricanes occur rarely in Saint Martin. On average, they happen about once per year.

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

Saint Martin 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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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 Saint Martin. 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 8:00 pm .

Current satellite image of the North Atlantic

 
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28.09.2022 © CIMSS University of Wisconsin-Madison

Most violent hurricanes in Sint Maarten 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 22nd, 2022 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 717 km southeast of Philipsburg.

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 17th, 2022 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 185 km south of Philipsburg.

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 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 121 km north of Cul de Sac.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 28th, 2019 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 146 km southeast of Philipsburg.


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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