Beaufort,South Carolina's 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).
Beaufort most likely to be hit by a hurricane between september 7th and september 13th
Years within or near core
74 times in 152 yrs end of 2023

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=51, 68.92% H=23, 31.08%
only 5.71% of all tropical systems in Beaufort are major hurricanes

Longest gap between storms
9 years 1967-1975

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.05 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(19h)once every 8 years State stats

Average years between major hurricane hits.(3)
once ev 50.67 years

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

Statistically when Beaufort should be affected next
before the end of 2025
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
2023 August 30th tropical storm Idalia hits while moving N.E with 65mph winds.

Beaufort's hurricane history
1874 Sept 28th from the SSW 80mph
1878 Sept 12th 85mph from the south
1881 Aug 27th 105mph from the S.E just south
1885 aug 25th 110mph hurricane from the south
1893 Aug 28th 105mph winds from the SSE
1893 Oct 13th from the south with 120mph winds just east ,many killed total devestation 120mph 1000s killed in south carolina. A storm tide of 12.6ft recorded.wind field map | Hit map
1894 Sept 27th, 90mph from the SSW
1896 sept 29th,a 95mph hurricane passes just west while moving N.E extreme wind damage.
1898 Aug 31st a cat 1 hits the area with 80mph winds just south while moving WNW
1911 Aug 28th 95mph from the S.E
1940 Aug 11th just south a cat one 80mph hits while weakening to a T-Storm from the east.
1947 Oct 15th from the east coming in just south with 105mph winds (hurdat2) causes high tides here damaging fishing fleets.
1952 Aug 31st Hurricane Able from the SSE with 95mph winds(hurdat) causing moderate damage
1959 Sept 29th,hurricane Gracie hits just north with 130mph winds(Hurdat) & a forward speed of 12mph in late sept. Area got gusts to 140mph 12 killed by many tornadoes & 11 inches of rain being a fast moving hurricane saved many lives,very heavy damage. One man killed when his car was upended by violent winds.Pressure observed at 28.05 inches. Highest observed 5 min wind speed was 97mph from the wsw with highest gust 138mph from the WSW. Eye passed near Beaufort with dead calm reported at Coffin point for 35 minutes.
1979 Sept 5th David hits just west from the south with 85mph winds while moving north,some moderate damage by the mid sept hurricane
1985 July 24th Hurricane Bob hits from the south with 75mph winds
1989 Sept 22nd,Hugo passed 53 miles to north with 140mph winds area got minor damage. | satelite photo| Newspaper headline | more on Hurricane Hugo here | Dr Ted Fujita wind map
1999 Oct 17th Hurricane Irene hits from the SSW just east with 75mph winds
2016 ,Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 95mph winds while moving N.E along the coast three deaths in S.C. wide spread coastal flooding. Radar (Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Best models | Matthew timeline | USGS surge info

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Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports Hurricane research division
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