Savannah,Georgia'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,1871bdtsbr,1871bdts,1873bdts,1874,1878,1880bdtsbr,1881,1882bdts,1884ts,1885,1885bdts,
1886bdtsbr,1888bdts,1888tsbr,1893bdts,1893-2,1894,1894bdts,1896bd,1898,1898br,1906ts,
1907-2bdts,1910ts,1911,1912ts,1914tsbr,1916ts,1919ts,1924bdts,1924bdxtropst,1927ts,
1928bd,1934ts,1935bdtsbr,1940,1941bdtsbr,1944ts,1945ts,1947bdts,1947,1952,1953bdxtropts,
1957bdts,1959,1960bdts,1963br,1964ts,1964bdts,1966bdts,1968tsbr,1972subtsbr,1976subts,
1979,1981tsbr,1982subtsbr,1984tsbr,1985,1985bdts,1988ts,1989br,1996bdxtropst,1998bdxtropst,1999,
2005tsbr,2006 tsbdbr,2007xtropstbd,2013bdts
71 times in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
Able,Florence,Gracie,Brenda,Ginny,Cleo,Dora,Alma,Abby,Alpha,David,
Dennis,Isidore,Bob,Kate,Chris,Hugo,Josephine,Earl,Irene,Tammy,Alberto,Andrea,


Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=50, 70.42% H=21,29.58%

Longest gap between storms
6 years 1989-1996

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.00 years

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

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

Statistically when Savannah should be affected next
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
1874 Sept 28th,85mph from the SSW
1878 Sept 12th,90mph from the south
1881 aug 27th,105mph from the ESE 700 killed in Georgia & S.C. Savannah lowest barometer 29.08 inches/985 mb at 9:20 PM wind instrument blew away at 80 mph.
1885 Aug 25th,just east while moving North with 115mph winds
1893 aug 28th,115mph from the south 2,000 killed ,pressure at landfall of 958 mb weakened from 940mb at landfall and a 60 nmi Radius of maximum winds however this was a very large windfield and much larger than Hugo.. Additionally, the storm made landfall coincident with the full moon phase the moon reaching full at 3:42 am on the 27th. The highest measured wind in Savannah was 72mph due to land friction before eye passing over with 10mph winds. This hurricane was moving at a forward speed of 15mph while hitting and made landfall at 11:00PM. wind field map
1893 Oct 13th, 120mph just east from the south
1894 Sept 27th,90mph from the south
1896 Sept 29th,95mph from the SSW
1898 Aug 31, 85mph from the S.E center passed over Tybee Island. A small but vicious hurricane with a maximum wind velocity of 84 mph at Tybee Island. Roofs were ripped off houses and extensive flooding occurred
1898 scores killed by heavy flooding oct 2nd however adjusted track indicates landfall was further south towards Brunswick & winds here were est at 60mph
1911 Aug 28th bar 29.02, 95mph from the east
1928 Sept 18th, 80mph from the SSW
1940 Aug 11th 50 killed as a cat 1 75mph hits the area from the ESE ,most killed from flooding in S.E states.
1947 oct 15th 105mph(hurdat) from the east gusts 95mph 1 killed,press 28.76. This hurricane was cloud seeded ,A-B-17 bomber dropped 180lbs of dry ice into the Hurricane off the coast of S carolina.& many blamed that for the change in direction as she moved back west & hit. A 12 ft storm surge reported here with mass evacuations keeping casualties at a minimum.
1952 Aug 30th Hurricane Able from the S.E with 105mph winds
1959 Sept 29th, 125mph Hurricane Gracie hits just north from the S.E
1979 sept 4th hurricane David hits with 90mph winds from the south press 28.65 no major damage
1985 July 24th Hurricane Bob hits with 75mph winds from the south
1999 Oct 17th,75mph Hurricane Irene passes to the east from the SSW.



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.............
See what cities get affected most by tropical systems
Home | Links | Live Broadcast page | Back to city Database