Port O'Connor,Texas history with tropical
systemscurrent 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.
44 times in
146yrs end of 2017
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=20, 45.45% H=24, 54.55%
Longest gap between storms
14 years 1984-1997
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 3.32 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force wind gusts for a few hours)
(11h)once every 13.27 years state stats
Average years between major hurricane hits.(4)
once every 36.50 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
Before the end of 2021
Last affected by
2017 August 25th/26th Hurricane Harvey brushes just south of city by 35 miles with 130mph winds while moving N.W. area has gust's to 80mph ,3.25ft storm surge.
1875 sept 16 90 mph causes very heavy storm surge flooding from the ESE .Three-fourths of the town was swept away...176 lives were lost. The highest wind measured was 88 m.p.h., when the anemometer blew away. Winds were estimated to be near 100 m.p.h. at the storm's peak. The storm surge was estimated near 15 feet.
1886 Aug 20th 155mph winds just south from the ESE.Town of Indianola nearly destroyed.A storm surge of 15 feet inundated the region, covering the base of the Matagorda Island lighthouse with 4 feet of water.
1921 june 22nd an 85mph hurricane hits from the south ,port oconnor reported winds up to 110mph pressure 929mb
1929 June 28th,80mph from the S.E
1934 July 25th,75mph from the east just south
1942 august 30th, 80mph just north from the S.E.storm surge up 14ft reported in Matagorda.
1945 aug 27th 110mph(hurdat) hits just offshore while moving North .Press 28.57 highest gust 135mph Port oconnor had a 15ft storm surge.Heavy damage 7 killed
1949 Oct 3rd,130mph just east from the south
1961 sept 11th Hurricane carla hits with 140mph(hurdat) winds from the S.E .Port Oconnor had a 22ft storm surge with a 10 ft tide.some gusts in the area were 175mph 34 killed due to the largest peacetime evacuation for that time.Recon pressure 27.50 as it hit coast. At the time port occonor had a population of 700.Newspaper headline | Radar from T.V | NHC Wallet
1970 aug 3rd Hurricane Celia hits just south with 120mph winds from the ESE .With the worst winds down near Aransas pass & Corpus christi gusts to 175mph anemometers broke. 4 were killed in this storm & heavy damage was reported. NHC Wallet
2003 July 15th Hurricane Claudette hits from the east with 85mph gusts to 111mph. Damage to roofs,signs with many trees down. Moderate damage all around Matagorda Bay.Pressure 979mb or 28.91 at landfall.Texas coastal Ocean Observation network reported 6 min average 62kts with a gust to 72 kts. 3 killed & 180 million in damage. damage photo | Newspaper article | NHC final report
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | 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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