Charleston South Carolina's history with
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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
1976-81tsbr,1985tsbd,1989,1998xtropstbd,2002ts,2004-2 ,2006tsbdbr,2008tsbr,(2013 bdts not in stats)
times in 141yrs end of 2012
Names from list
Able,Cindy,Gracie,Dora,Dennis,Dottie,Kate,Hugo,Earl,Kyle, Charley, Gaston,Alberto,Hanna,Andrea,
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=26, 57.78% H=19, 42.22%
Longest gap between storms
12 years 1928-1941
How often Charleston gets
brushed or hit every 3.13 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(13h)once every 10.85 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when Charleston should be affected
affected in 2013
Last affected by
June 7th,2013 Tropical Storm Andrea passes over while moving N.E with 45mph winds from the gulf of mexico.
This areas hurricane past
1752 a hurricane caused a storm
surge that nearly covered the entire downtown area when the wind shifted the
water level fell 5 ft in 10 minutes
1825 ealiest hurricane reported june 3rd
1874 Sept 28th a hurricane from the SW hits with 90mph winds while moving NNE causing enough surge to lift railroad cars
1878 Sept 12th, 85mph from the south
1885 Aug 25th 105mph winds from the S.W
1893 oct 13th,120mph storm surge from a hurricane kills 1,500 people est 10 million in damage with many islands offshore under water. Winds measured at 96mph with gusts to 120mph, pressure 985mb 29.08inches,with estimated storm tide 10.1FT wind field map
1894 Sept 27th 80mph from the SSW
1896 Sept 29th 90mph from the S.W
17 killed area gets najor damage from a hurricane with 105mph winds bar
,1913 Oct 8th from the east cat 1 75mph according to the hurricane research division
1916 July 14th a category 1 hits 75mph from the SSE. The damage south of Charleston to North Edisto
River seems to have been confined almost wholly to crop injury.
1959 July 9th a weakening cat 1 comes ashore with 75mph winds from the SE
1959 sept 29th Hurricane Gracie hits with 120mph winds 40 miles to the south. Most homes lost roofs many windows blown in. Folly bch unofficial reports of 140mph gusts hitting at low tide.
1989 Hugo devestates area with 140mph winds & 7 billion in damage
26 killed five of them children 8yrs or younger,935mb sept 21st .. weather map while hitting Puerto Rico setting stage for hit on South Carolina | Newspaper headline | satelite photo | Folly beach surge damage | Newspaper headline | more on Hurricane Hugo here | video from show 911 | Hugo page | surge animation | av model error
2004 August 14th Hurricane Charley hits just east with 80mph winds. Trees down on rt 45 near Mcclelanville. Folly bch, power poles down. Isle of Palms trees down in various locations.Mount pleasant, trees down on US 17 ,A few awnings blown off homes.
2004 August 29th minimal Hurricane Gaston hits just east of here with 75mph winds.No reports of hurricane sustained winds in Charleston.
Text Sources:The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Sudden Sea R.A Scotti.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Stormscaping Pamela Crawford.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Scwartz..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....NOAA research division.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....plus many more.............
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