Cat 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.

Years within or near core
69 times in 152yrs end of 2023

Names from list above
Fox,Barbara,Edna,Hazel,Betsy,Carla,Cleo,Gilda,Gert,Fran,Bertha,Lili,Floyd ,Michelle,Frances,Rita,Hanna,Irene,Sandy,Joaquin,Kate,Matthew,Irma,Isaias,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=27, 39.13% H=42, 60.87%

Longest gap between storms
13 years 1981-1995

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.20 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(30h)once every 5.07 years

Average years between major hurricane hits.(15)
once every 10.13 years

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

Statistically when this area should be affected next
1 year overdue

Last affected by
2020 July 31st Hurricane Isaias passes well south while moving N.W with 80mph winds.

This areas hurricane past
1871 Aug 23rd 105mph from the ESE
1879 Aug 16th,90mph just north from the S.E
1884 Oct 12th, 85mph from the south just east
1888 Aug 15th ,80mph from the ESE
1891 Aug 23rd, 95mph from the ESE just south
1893 Aug 19th, 120mph just north from the S.E Hit map
1893 Aug 26th 120mph from the ESE just north Hit map
1906 Sept 6th, 130mph to the N.E from the ESE
1908 Sept 13th, 120mph to the west from the SSE Book reference page 370
1919 sept 7th 110mph from the ESE
1923 Sept 27th 75mph from the SSE
1926 July 25th, 140mph just south from the ESE
1926 Sept 17th, 145mph just south from the ESE
1928 sept 16th a hurricane with 155mph winds from the ESE causes major damage to many roads bridges & homes.Wayne Neely book on 1928 hurricane
1932 Sept 5th a Major Hurricane hits with 150 mph winds from the ESE ,the first of 2 majors the same year.
1932 Nov 10th ,The major Hurricane that killed thousands in Cuba hits the southern part of the island with 120mph winds while moving very quickly N.E .
1933 July 28th 90mph from the S.E
1933 Sept 2nd ,140mph while moving WNW
1941 Oct 5th 105mph from the east
1949 Aug 25th 105mph from the ESE
1952 Oct 26th, 115mph from the west hurricane Fox
1956 Aug 14th Hurricane Betsy passes just north from the S.E with 110mph winds.
1995 Aug 1st,hurricane Erin hits with 75mph winds from the S.E minor damage. NHC report
1996 July 10th,hurricane Bertha passes 50 miles to the N.E coming from the S.E with 105mph winds area got gusts to 90mph. NHC report
1999 Sept 14th Hurricane Floyd hits 30 miles to north from the ESE with 155mph winds causing very heavy damage here.Recon data suggest 100mph winds at landfall on the island. Two medical centers lost roofs,2 and 1/2 miles of roadway washed away. NHC report
2001 Nov 5th Hurricane Michelle passes to the north from the WSW with 80mph winds. Newspaper article | Ham radio news reports | NHC report
2004, Sept 3rd Hurricane Frances hits with 120mph winds from the ESE . Eye passed over island & caused very heavy damage.115mph on the islands north end. radar image
2011 Aug 25th, Hurricane Irene passes just south while moving WNW with 115mph winds causing heavy damage . Ham radio reports of very heavy damage.Flooding has been reported in north Cat Island where Irene has caused serious damage in Arthur's Town and Dumfries. The roof was blown off the Arthur's Town police station when officers tried to leave for another shelter during the storm. Police vehicles were also flooded. The roof of St Andrew's Church in Arthur's Town, as high winds ripped through the settlement.Arthur town reported winds of 115mph in gust's. Hurricane Warning Show | Irene Model history | Aftermath video
2012 Oct 25th, Hurricane Sandy hits directly from the south while moving NNW with 105mph winds. Sandy model history
2015 Oct 2nd Hurricane Joaquin passes just east of the island while moving N.E with 125mph winds . S.E part of the island under hurricane force wind field for several hours qualifies as a hit rather than a brush. NHC final report | Wind bar graph | Satellite shot

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Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports 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 (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 many more.............
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