Hurricanes in Trinidad and Tobago

Hurricanes occur rarely in Trinidad and Tobago. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit cities are Scarborough and Petit Valley.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Trinidad and Tobago in the past 12 months was »«. It reached a wind speed of up to 65 km/h on June 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm local time near Sangre Grande and was 46 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 185 km/h were even measured (category 3).

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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 2:00 pm .

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Most violent hurricanes in Trinidad and Tobago since 2018

Ian: September 19-27, 2022

Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 157 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Most Affected Cities
Petit Valley

Fiona: September 12-24, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
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 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 554 km north of Scarborough.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On August 26th, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 255 km northwest of Scarborough.

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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