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Hurricanes in Venezuela

Hurricanes occur rarely in Venezuela. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit regions are Atlantic Islands, Northeastern and Central-West.

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

The most severe hurricane to make landfall in Venezuela in the past 12 months was »Bonnie«. It reached a wind speed of up to 65 km/h on June 29, 2022 at 2:00 am local time near Juan Griego 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. Its eye grew to a size of 46 kilometers. At September 28, 2022 at 8:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 250 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category 4.

On September 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm, Ian made landfall near the city of Arcadia in the United States. At that time, the hurricane had a wind speed of 185 km/h and a diameter of 37 kilometers.

Ian has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 278 km east of Bahamason September 24th at 8:00 pm .

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Most violent hurricanes in Venezuela since 2018

Ian: September 19-29, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Northeastern
Atlantic Islands

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 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 726 km northwest of Juan Griego in Atlantic Islands.

Bonnie: June 22 to July 9, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Atlantic Islands
Central-West

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 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 397 km northwest of Güiria in Northeastern.


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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