Hilton Head Island,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).

Years within or near core
1871ts,1871-2bdts,1873bdts,1874bd,1878,1880ts,1881,1882bdts,1884ts,1885,1886bdtsbr,1888-2bdtsbr,1893bdts,1893-2,1894-2,1896,1898,1901 bdts,1907-2bdts,1910ts,1911,1916ts,
59 times in 145yrs end of 2016

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=39, 66.10% H=20, 33.90%

Longest gap between storms
9 years 1967-1975

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.46 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(usually within 40 miles to include small hurricanes)
(19h)once every 7.63 years State stats

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

Statistically when this area should be affected next
affected in 2016
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
2016 ,Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 105mph winds while moving north.

This areas hurricane past
1874 sept 28th 85mph from the SSW
1878 sept 12th 90mph from the south
1881 aug 28th 105mph just south coming in from the east
1885 aug 25th 115mph from the south
1893 aug 28th a 105mph hurricane coming from the south.
1893 Oct 13th 120mph from the south total devestation 1000s killed wind field map
1894 Sept 27th 90mph from the south
1894 Oct 9th 75mph from the S.W
1896 sept 29th 95mph from the SSW
1898 aug 31st 80mph from the S.E
1911 Aug 28th 80mph from the east
1940 Aug 11th 75mph weakening to T-Storm from the east
1945 85mph (hurdat) just offshore from the S.W Sept 17th
1947 Oct 15th 105mph cat 2 (hurdat2) hits just south from the east after being cloud seeded causing it to turn back towards the U.S some claim.
1952 Hurricane Able hits Aug 31st with 100mph winds from the SSE
1959 Gracie 125mph winds hits the area oct 1st area had gusts to 138mph heavy property & crop damage she spun off 11 tornadoes which killed 12 people in the N.E this was a fast moving storm but still dumped 11 inches of rain barometer 28.05 11 ft s.s hit at 11;00am
1979 Sept 5th 75mph from the south David hits the area (minor damage) by the northward moving storm
1985 July 25th Hurricane Bob 75mph weakens to T-Storm while moving in from the south.
Hugo brushed the area to the north in 1989 with 140mph winds north by 75 miles considered a brush due to largeness of hugo. more on Hurricane Hugo here
2016 ,Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 105mph winds while moving north three deaths in S.C. wide spread coastal flooding.On Hilton Head Island, an NWS site survey indicated that storm surge inundation reached the Harbour Town Golf Course, which is located more than 500 ft inland from the small harbor and more than 1000 ft from the coast. Several marinas on the island were also damaged by the combination of storm surge and wave action (per NHC). Radar (Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Best models | Matthew timeline | NHC final report

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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