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Hurricanes on the Virgin Islands

Hurricanes occur rarely on the Virgin Islands. On average, they happen about once per year. The hardest hit regions are Saint Croix Island and Saint Thomas Island.

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

The Virgin Islands have 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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Most violent hurricanes on the Virgin Islands 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 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 239 km east of Charlotte Amalie in Saint Thomas Island.

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 28th, 2022 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 598 km southeast of Saint Croix in Saint Croix Island.

Ian: September 19 to October 2, 2022

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Air pressure:
below 937 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 23rd, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 574 km southeast of Saint Croix in Saint Croix Island.

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 18th, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 122 km southeast of Saint Croix in Saint Croix Island.

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 4th, 2022 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 137 km north of Cruz Bay in Saint John Island.

Dorian: August 24 to September 5, 2019

Region:
Caribbean Sea
Wind speed:
max. 296 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Affected regions
Saint Croix Island
Saint Thomas Island


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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