Georgetown,South Carolina's history with
tropical systemscurrent weather
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.
Years within or near core
times in 146 yrs end of 2017
from list above
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=36, 55.38% H=29, 44.62%
Longest gap between storms
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.25 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.(3)
once every 48.67 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
before the end of 2019
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be
affected by that year
2016 Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 75mph winds while moving N.E along the coast.
This areas hurricane past
1874 Sept 28th,a hurricane from the SW with 80mph winds passes overhead
1883 Sept 11th just east with 105mph winds while moving north.
1885 aug 25th 95mph from the SW
1893 Oct 13th ,115mph from the SSWwind field map
1894 sept 27th 75mph from the S.W
1899 oct 31st 95mph from the south just east of here.
1904 sept 14th 75mph cat 1 hits
moderate damage from the S.E
1906 sept 17th, 75mph from the ESE
1913 oct 8th, 75mph weakening to T-Storm from the east
1916 july 14th 80mph from the S.E minor damage.In Georgetown the damage was apparently little worse than stores on the water
front ... North of Georgetown the storm was less severe, though the tide was
very high at Pawleys Island and Murrels Inlet.
1954 Oct 15th Hurricane Hazel just east with 130mph winds(hurdat) while moving North.
1958 Sept 27th 90mph (hurdat)just offshore from the south while turning NE towards outer banks.
1989 Sept 22nd from the S.E 140mph hurricane Hugo litterally flattened francis marion national
forest with gusts to 135mph while passing just south of here. weather map while hitting Puerto Rico setting stage for hit on South Carolina | Newspaper headline | satelite photo| Newspaper headline | more on Hurricane Hugo here | video from show 911 | Georgetown aftermath photo's | Dr Ted Fujita wind map |
2004 Hurricane Charley hits August 14th with 75mph winds just offshore while moving north,many trees down.
2016 Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 75mph winds while moving N.E along the coast,three deaths in S.C. wide spread coastal flooding. Near Georgetown recorded a peak water level of 4.69 ft above MHHW.. Numerous roads were closed across
Georgetown due to floodwaters and downed trees and powerlines. Inland freshwater flooding
resulted in numerous evacuations throughout the county (per NHC) Radar (Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Best models | Matthew timeline | NHC final report | 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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