Eleuthera 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.
Eleuthera Island most likely to be hit by a hurricane between August 31st and September 6th
Years within or near core
74 times in 152 yrs end of 2023

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=28, 37.84% H=46, 62.16%
only 32.39% of all tropical systems affecting Eleuthera Island are major hurricanes this includes brushes

Longest gap between storms
18years 1973-1992

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

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(34h)once every 4.47 years

Average years between major hurricane hits.(18)
once every 8.44 years

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

Statistically when this area should be affected next
before the end of 2024

Last affected by
2022 Nov 9th tropical storm Nicole brushes well to the north while moving west with 70mph winds.

This areas hurricane past
1871 Aug 24th a 105mph cane hits while moving WNW
1879 Aug 16th 90mph from the SSE
1883 sept 8th 105mph just west from the South
1888 Aug 15th 90mph from the ESE
1891 Aug 23rd, 95mph from the ESE
1893 Aug 19th 120mph from the S.E passes just east Hit map
1893 Aug 26th 120mph from the ESE Hit map
1896 Sept 5th 115mph from the south hits north side of island. Hit map
1903 Sept 10th 80mph from the ESE
1906 Sept 6th, 125mph just north
1908 Sept 13th, 120mph from the SSE
1908 Oct 1st, 110mph winds just north while moving ENE
1926 July 26th 130mph from the S.E
1926 Sept 17th 145mph just south from the ESE
1928 sept 16th, many buildings destroyed by WNW moving cat 4 with 155mph winds.Heavy damage on island but no loss of life.
1929 sept 25th 115mph winds from the NE. 75 to 100 knot winds upon passage.
1932 Sept 5th 155mph Hurricane hits from the east.
1933 July 29th, 90mph from the S.E
1933 sept 3rd a major hurricane hits with a pressure of 27.98 140mph heavy damage,eye passes over Harbour island at 6AM. No deaths reported but there was major damage to property.
1933 Oct 5th, 150mph just north while movingN.E
1941 Oct 5th, 105mph from the ESE
1945 Oct 13th, 75mph from the S.W
1949 Aug 26th, 115mph from the ESE
1952 Oct 26th, 115mph Hurricane Fox from the west moving east
1956 Aug 14th, 110mph the first of 2 betsy's to affect this area just east.
1965 Hurricane Betsy moving SW hits northern portion of Island with 120mph winds causing heavy damage on Sept 7th.Radar track | Newspaper article.
1992 hurricane Andrew Aug 23rd hits the northern tip with 170 mph winds reports of a 23 ft storm surge kills 4 people in the town of spanish wells,bluff & bogue were devestated from andrew.All homes & buildings suffered considerable damage especially in cat cay where complete settlements were devestated.Letter of possible gust to 210mph .
1995 Aug 1st,hurricane Erin hits with 75mph winds press 29.12 minor damage. NHC report
1996 July 10th ,105mph Hurricane Bertha just ne of here moving N.W NHC report
1999 sept 14th 8AM Hurricane Floyd hits with 155mph winds snapping palm trees & ripping off many roofs.A 20 ft storm surge inundated the island. Approx 25% of homes suffered some damage. Damage photo | av model error
Nov 5th 2001 Hurricane Michelle hits with 80mph winds while moving quickly NE from the SW,pressure 28.87. Newspaper article | Ham radio news reports | NHC report
2004, Sept 3rd Hurricane Frances hits with 115mph winds.Understand Cookie‘s garage has sustained significant roof damage.Eye lasted 90 min in Governers Harbour. Governers reported worse winds after eye. Some roofs on Harbour are damaged, many trees down so far.Some roofs are gone and trees down but he was fine and so were his golf carts. The roof was off of the pre school.The maximum sustained wind reported from a land station was 87 kt at North Eleuthera in the northwestern Bahamas at 1000 UTC 3 September. Ham reports at landfall 03/12Z ELEUTHERA RECENTLY REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF NEAR 100 MPH...161 KM/HR AND NASSAU JUST REPORTED A 75 MPH...120 KM/HR WIND GUST. NHC report
2011 Aug 25th Hurricane Irene hits with 105mph winds while moving N.W right over the island causing moderate damage over several parts of the island. Hurricane Warning Show | Radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Irene model history
2012 Oct 25th, Hurricane Sandy hits from the south while moving NNW with 90mph winds. Sandy model history | post NHC | Sandy video from Eleuthera

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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 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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