Myrtle beach,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
1871tsbr,1872ts,1873bdtsbr,1874bd,1876br,1877bdtsbr,1878tsbr,1879br,1880br,1881,1882ts,
1883,1885bd,1886bdtsbr,1888tsbr,1893bdts,1893,1894-2bdts,1896bdbr,1897tsbr,1899,1901ts,
1901bdts,1904,1906,1907bdts,1908br,1910ts,1913,1916bdts,1916,1920br,
1924bdts,1924bdxtropst,1928bdts,1934ts,1941bdtsbr,1944,1944bdts,1945tsbr,1946ts,1954,1955br,
1958,1959tsbr,1960bdts,1960br,1964bdts,1981ts,1982subts,1984,1985bdts,1989,1995xtropstbrbd,
1996br,1996,1996extropst,1998br,1998xtropstbd,1999,1999br,2002ts,2004,2004ts,2005br,2006tsbr,2008ts,2013bdts,(2014 br not in stats)
69 times in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
Hazel,Diane,Helene,Cindy,Donna,Dora,Dennis,Diana,kate,Hugo,Allison,Bertha,Fran,Josephine,Bonnie, Floyd,Earl,Irene,Kyle,Charley,Gaston,Ophelia,Ernesto,Hanna,Andrea,Arthur

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=39, 56.52% H=30, 43.48%

Longest gap between storms
17 years 1964-1981

How often Myrtle Beach gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.06 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(18h)once every 7.89 years State stats

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

Statistically when Myrtle Beach should be affected next
affected in 2014
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
July 3rd, 2014 Hurricane Arthur brushes east with 90mph winds while turning N.E away from area.

This areas hurricane past
1874 Sept 29th 75mph winds while moving NNE
1881 Sept 9th,105mph from the S.E passes just north.
1883 Sept 11th 105mph just east coming from the south
1885 a back door hurricane hits with 90mph winds on Aug 25th from the S.W
1893 Oct 13th 115mph from the SSW
1899 oct 31st 95mph from the south
1904 Sept 14th ,75mph weakening to T-Storm from the SSE
1906 Sept 17th 90mph direct bar 27.90(heavy damage to area) from the ESE
1913 Oct 8th just south 75mph weakening to T-Storm from the east
1916 July 14th just south with 80mph winds from the S.E
1944 Aug 1st just east with 75mph while weakening to T-storm from south
1954 Oct 15th Hazel hits and gives this area winds of 140mph per (hurdat), while rapidly moving north at 25 to 30mph. This sytem downed many trees in the area allowing developers to build Golf Courses in the now famous Golfing area. Lowest pressure was 28.47 upon eye passage.Newspaper headlines | Hurricane Hazel page
1958 Sept 27th Hurricane Helene passes just east with 130mph winds from the S.E while turning N.E
1960 Hurricane Donna sept 12th passes just east by 50 miles with 110mph winds while moving NNE causing moderate damage
1984 Sept 11th Hurricane Diana hits just east from the SSW with 125mph winds.
1989 Sept 22nd,Hugo 50 miles to south with 140mph winds.Area still got flooded by storm tides.suprising damage on beaches despite Hugo's path well to the south from the S.E. more on Hurricane Hugo here | surge animation
1996 Sept 5th, Hurricane Fran 115mph to the north from the SSE
1999 sept 16th hurricane Floyd with 115mph winds approx 45 miles to the east from the SSW.
2004 August 14th, Hurricane Charley just offshore with 75mph winds moving quickly to the NNE.Roof damage to a motel and many trees down.



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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