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Hurricanes in Portugal

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in Portugal. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Leiria, Coimbra and Viseu.

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

Portugal 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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Most violent hurricanes in Portugal since 2018

Wanda: 25th October to 8th November 2021

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 741 km
Air pressure:
below 973 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 07th, 2021 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 436 km northeast of Lagoa in Azores.

Theta: 8th to 16th November 2020

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 278 km
Air pressure:
below 987 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 16th, 2020 at 3:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 86 km southeast of Calheta in Madeira.

Alpha: 14th to 19th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Leiria
Coimbra
Viseu

Paulette: 7th to 28th September 2020

Wind speed:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 28th, 2020 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 123 km southeast of Ponta Delgada in Azores.

Rebekah: 27th October to 1st November 2019

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 407 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On November 01st, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 167 km north of Lagoa in Azores.

Pablo: 23rd to 29th October 2019

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 977 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 27th, 2019 at 12:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 159 km southwest of Furnas in Azores.

Lorenzo: 22nd September to 4th October 2019

Wind speed:
max. 259 km/h
Diameter:
max. 333 km
Air pressure:
below 925 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On October 02nd, 2019 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 299 km northeast of Ribeira Grande in Azores.


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