Abaco Island Bahamas history with tropical systems
current weather

(br)=brush (ts)=Tropical Storm (bd)=Back Door,meaning coming from over land from opposite coast.Not all names are noted,also storms before 1950 were not named, not every stat on every storm description is given.(since 1871)

Years within or near core
1871-2,1877tsbr,1877ts,1878tsbr,1879,1881ts,1881,1883,1886br,1887,1888ts,1893-2,1893ts,1895ts,1895,
1896,1897-2ts,1898ts,1899-2,1901tsbr,1903br,1906br,1906,1908ts,1908,1909ts,1909,1914ts,1916ts,1923tsbr
1924ts,1926,1926ts,1926,1927ts,1928,1929,1932,1933-3,1934br,1935,1935br,1936ts,1937-2ts,1938ts,1939ts,
1944br,1946,1947,1948,1949,1951,1953ts,1956,1958ts,1959ts,1965,1987ts,1992br,1995,1996,1999,1999,2001br,
2004-2,2005ts,2007br,2008tsbr,2010ts,2011tsbr,2011,2012,2016br,
81 times in 145 yrs end of 2016




Names from list above
Able,Judith,Betsy,Daisy,Janice,Betsy,Floyed,Andrew,Fran,Bertha,Dennis,Floyd ,Michelle,Frances,Jeanne,Franklin,Noel,Hanna,Bonnie,Bret,Irene,Sandy,Matthew,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=32, 39.51% H=49, 60.49%


How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 1.79 years


longest gap between storms
21 years 1965-1987

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
once every 3.72 years (39h)(highest hurricane hit rate in database)

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
112mph

Statistically when this area should be affected next
affected in 2016

Last affected by
Oct 6th ,Hurricane Matthew passes to the west with 140mph winds while moving N.W.

This areas hurricane past
1871 Aug 15th 115 mph from the east
1871 Aug 24th 105mph from the ESE
1879 Aug 17th 90mph from the SSE
1881 Aug 25th 90mph from the S.E just N.E of here
1883 105mph sept 9th from the south 106 killed in Bahamas passed just west of here
1887 Aug 22nd 120mph from the east
1893 Aug 26th 120mph from the ESE
1893 Oct 11th 120mph from the ESE
1895 Oct 22nd, 105mph from the SSW
1896 Sept 6th 115mph from the south
1899 Aug 12th 120mph from the SSE
1899 Oct 3oth, 95mph from the south
1906 Sept 6th 125mph just east from the S.E
1908 Oct 1st 110mph from the SW
1909 Oct 11th, 95mph from the WSW
1926 July 26th 125mph just south from the S.E
1926 Oct 21st, 115mph from the WSW just north
1928 Sept 16th 155mph just south from the ESE
1929 Sept 25th 120mph from the NE just south
1932 Sept 6th, 160mph area was hit by a major hurricane cat 5 with gusts up to 200mph the hurricane blew down 2 churches made of heavy stone 3 ft thick,pressure estimated at 27.60 inches. Families crawled from house to house as each was destroyed by high wind gusts up to 200mph.16 killed ,300 injured (hurdat)
1933 July 29th, 85mph from the S.E
1933 sept 3rd, 140mph just south from the ESE
1933 Oct 5th, 145mph from the WSW press 29.06 highest gust 100mph,no deaths reported
1935 Sept 29th 115mph from the SW just north
1946 sept 13th, 75mph from the S.W
1947 Sept 17th, a major hurricane 125mph (hurdat)pummels area with 160mph gust's heavy damage.
1948 Oct 6th, 90mph from the SW just north
1949 Aug 26th 130mph just south while moving WNW
1951 May 18th Hurricane Able hits from the north with 85mph winds
1956 Aug 14th,110mph from the S.E just east
1965 sept 6th hurricane Betsy 125mph ,the area had hurricane force winds for over 20 hrs & a max wind of 147mph ,at hope town a gust of 178mph 14 mill damage in the Bahamas Damage photo
1995 Aug 1st, hurricane ERIN hits the area as a cat 1 75mph from the ESE minor damage.
1996 July 10th,hurricane bertha 105mph to N.E from the SSE ,area had gusts to 95mph with flooding .
1999 Aug 27th hurricane Dennis hits northern parts with 80mph winds causing flooding,crop damage & sinking some boats.
1999 sept 14th hurricane Floyd hits with 145mph winds causing very heavy damage on the entire island. Immediately after hurricane ,Planes could not land due to too much debris and high storm surge flooding.Fox Town & northern settlements reported over 20ft storm surge. Many marinas were destroyed & 400 homes totally destroyed. Eye passage one hour in duration.Two thousand left homeless on the island.damage shot
2004, Sept 3rd Hurricane Frances hits with 105mph winds,reports of heavy damage but not as bad as Floyd in 1999
2004,Sept 25th Hurricane Jeanne eye passes over north part of Island. 2nd hit in 3 weeks as Jeanne hits with 115mph winds. Treasure Cay International airport. The facility has been extensively damaged by Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances. Flood waters rose to more than six feet in some areas and roofs were blown off of houses.Part of roof at emergency operations center collapsed causing minor injuries to occupants.Sat image | Models 3 days before hitting
2011 Aug 25th Hurricane Irene passes over with 105mph winds while moving NNW causing moderate damage most of the island experienced no more than cat 2 winds. Irene model history | aftermath video
2012 Oct 26th, Hurricane Sandy hits with 80mph winds from the SSE.Sandy model history | post NHC


Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane reseach division
Text Sources:(alp)....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Scwartz.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Stormscaping Pamela Crawford.....Sudden Sea R.A Scotti.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....plus many more.............
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