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Hurricanes in Venezuela

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Venezuela. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Atlantic Islands, Central-West and Northeastern.

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 measured (category 3).

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Most violent hurricanes in Venezuela since 2018

Nicole: November 5-11, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 5th, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 502 km north of Punto Fijo in Central-West.

Lisa: October 27 to November 5, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 27th, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 108 km northeast of Juan Griego in Atlantic Islands.

Julia: October 2-10, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 982 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Atlantic Islands
Central-West

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 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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