Martinique'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
1980br,1994ts,1995ts,1995,2007,2010br,2012tsbr,2013ts,2014ts,2016ts,(2017br not in stats)
times in 145yrs end of 2016
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=35, 67.31% H=17, 32.69%
Longest gap between storms
13 years 1980-1994
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.79 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.
once every 13.18 years (11h)
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Average years between major hurricane hits.(4)
once every 36.25 years
Statistically when this area should be affected
affected in 2017
Last affected by
2017 Sept 18th Hurricane Maria brushes well to the north with 145 mph winds at closest approach..
This areas hurricane
1780 The great Hurricane on Oct 11th sinks 40 ships killing an estimated 5,000 men.
1875 just south 90mph sept 9th
1883 Sept 4th, 125mph from the ESE
1891 Aug 18th, 125mph with press of 26.85 total
devestation from the S.E.
1894 Sept 20th, 115mph from the ESE
1894 Oct 12th, 95mph from the SSE
1903 aug 9th 31 killed 90mph from the east.
1951 sept 2nd Hurricane Dog 90mph (hurdat) hits from the east causing moderate damage
1963 sept 25th,hurricane Edith hits from the ESE killing 10 with an 8 ft storm surge
1970 tropical storm dorothy hits area killing
1979 Aug 30th,
hurricane David brushes north tip of island as a cat 4 145mph from the ESE causing heavy damage 500
homes destroyed 80 boats sunk,15 injured. David page
1995 Sept 14th, hurricane marilyn a cat 1 ,80mph from the S.E just east
causes moderate damage to area
2007,Aug 17th Hurricane Dean passes between Martinique & St Lucia with 100mph winds.roofs blown off, weather officials said that the French island had been recording wind gusts of 87 miles per hour.An elderly man died of a heart attack during the storm and six people were injured. The hurricane destroyed all the banana plantations, which employ 10,000 of Martinique's 400,000 residents, and wiped out 70 percent of the sugarcane farms, said Christian Estrosi, France's secretary of state for overseas territories. The highest storm-total rainfall in Martinique was 13.07 inches at Fort de France-Colson. Caravelle sustained 78mph gusts to 88mph, Sainte-Anne sustained 77mph gusts to 116mph,Fort de France sustained 83mph gusts to 114mph.
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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