Georgetown,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.
Georgetown most likely to be hit by a hurricane between september 21st and september 27th
Years within or near core
73 times in 152 yrs end of 2023

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=41, 56.16% H=32, 43.84%
only 10.77% of all tropical systems affecting Georgetown are major hurricanes this includes brushes

Longest gap between storms
16years 1965-1980

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.08 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(16h)once every 9.5 years State stats

Average years between major hurricane hits.(3)
once every 50.67 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 2025
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
2023 Sept 23rd tropical storm Ophelia passes well east while moving north with 70mph winds.

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 SSW wind field map | Hit 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.radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) 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
2022 Sept 30th Hurricane Ian eye passes over while moving North with 85mph winds. Radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | NHC Report

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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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