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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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Current hurricane: Gaston

On September 18, 2022 at 12:00 am, hurricane »Gaston« formed in the North Atlantic with an initial wind speed of 28 km/h. The storm system initially moved north at 19 km/h 20 km/h and reached a diameter of 111 kilometers in the meantime. At September 21, 2022 at 6:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 102 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a hurricane of category of a tropical storm.

Gaston has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 407 km east of Azoreson September 25th at 3:00 am .

Most violent hurricanes in Portugal since 2018

Gaston: September 18-26, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The hurricane did not make direct landfall. On September 24th, 2022 at 3:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 73 km northeast of Ribeira Grande in Azores.

Wanda: October 25 to November 8, 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: November 8-16, 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: September 14-19, 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: September 7-28, 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: October 27 to November 1, 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: October 23-29, 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: September 22 to October 4, 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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