Cameron,Louisiana's history with tropical
systemscurrent 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.
within or near core
times in 146 yrs end of 2017
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=25, 51.02% H=24, 48.98%
Longest gap between storms
15 years 1987-2001
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.98 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(15h)once every 9.73 years state stats
Average years between major hurricane hits.(4)
once ev 36.50 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
before the end of 2020
Last affected by
2017 Aug 30th tropical storm Harvey moves over the city with 45mph winds dumping heavy rain. Cameron gust to 47mph,Lake Charles 3.6 ft inundation,17.28 inches or rain,
This areas hurricane past
1879 aug 23rd 105mph just west while moving north. A 12 ft storm surge & many buildings destroyed.
1882 Sept 14th,105mph
1886 June 14th 95mph from the SW
1886 oct 12th, 120mph from the south ,a 9 ft storm surge as winds blew for 36 hrs,most houses removed from foundations due to storm surge.196 killed & hundreds of cattle killed
1897 Sept 13th 85mph from the ESE
1918 August 6th,120mph from the SSE . It struck without warning.press 28.36 gusts to 125mph.Overall heavy damage 34 killed.
1938 Aug 14th, 75mph from the south
1940 aug 7th 80mph from the ESE ,6 killed 5ft storm surge slow moving dumped 21 inches of rain
1957 hurricane Audrey, 120mph (hurdat)from the south thousands of buildings destroyed june 27th. Between 90 and 95 percent of the buildings in Cameron and Lower Vermilion Parishes were damaged beyond repair. 13 ft s.s decreased to 7.6 ft by the time it reached Lake Charles.Est 556 killed 144mph over 40,000 homless in Louisiana. Pressure at landfall recorded at 959mb 28.30 inches with a forward speed of 14mph,most winds at ground level were in the cat 1 range...surge animation
1971 Sept 16th, 90mph
Edith from the S.W gusts to 95mph 6 ft s.s ,69mph in Cameron with gusts to 96mph passed approx 30 miles east of Cameron.Heavy damage to sugarcane crops.
1985 Aug 15th,Hurricane danny passes just east from the south with 90mph winds
1985 Oct 28th, Hurricane Juan hits just S.E with 85mph winds from the south before turning east.
1986 June 26th hurricane Bonnie, 85mph from the SSE passes to the west.
2005 Sept 24th Hurricane Rita hits with 120mph winds from the SSE. High storm surge in many areas of Vermillion parish with very heavy damage.Moves slowly to the NW as a large hurricane weakening while moving in. Hurricane warning show | Before and after Rita | Radar at landfall | Louisiana from space before & after Rita | Newspaper headline | Damage map
2008 Sept 13th Hurricane Ike passes to the S.W with 110mph winds while moving into Galveston from the ESE. USGS surge info
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane research 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 Schwartz.....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.....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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