(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).
within or near core 1871ts,1871bdtsbr,1871bdts,1873bdts,1874,1878,1880bdtsbr,1881,1882bdts,1884ts,1885m,1885bdts,1886bdtsbr,1888bdts,1888tsbr,1893bdts,1893-2m,1894,1894bdts,1896bd,1898,1898brm, 1906ts,1907-2bdts,1910ts,1911,1912ts,1914tsbr,1916ts,1919ts,1924bdts,1924bdxtropst,1927ts,1928bd,1934ts,1935bdtsbr,1940,1941bdtsbr,1944ts,1945ts,1947bdts,1947,1952, 1953bdxtropts,1957bdts,1959m,1960bdts,1963br,1964ts,1964bdts,1966bdts,1968tsbr,1972subtsbr,1976subts,1979,1981tsbr,1982subtsbr,1984tsbr,1985,1985bdts,1988ts,1989brm, 1996bdxtropst,1998bdxtropst,1999,2005tsbr,2006tsbdbr,2007xtropstbd,2013bdts,2016-3bdts,2016,2017tsbd,2018bdtsbr, 77 times
in 147yrs end of 2018
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,Colin,Hermine,Julia,Matthew,Irma,Michael,
Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio TS=55, 71.43% H=22,28.57%
Longest gap between storms 6 years 1990-1995
How often this area gets
affected? brushed or hit every 1.91 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours) (19h)once every 7.73 years State stats
Average years between direct major hurricane hits.(major hurricane at adv upon passage) (4)once every 36.75 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts) 96 mph
Statistically when Savannah should be affected
next before the end of 2020
Last affected by 2018 T.Storm Michael passes well to the N.W while moving N.E with 55mph winds, area had Tropical storm force wind gust's.
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 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. damage reports 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. damage photos 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.
2016 ,Oct 8th Hurricane Matthew hits with 105mph winds while moving north with 105mph winds. More than 370,000 in Georgia were without power after hit.Storm surge flooding along the coast of Georgia,at least 3 dead and inundated roads that had been ordered closed.The
NOS gauge at Fort Pulaski, to the east of Savannah, recorded a peak water level of 5.05 ft above
MHHW, which is a record for that site. Notable rainfall amounts measured were 17.48 inches at Hunter Army Air Field in
Savannah, Georgia. In Savannah, storm surge inundation
flooded the parking lot of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and also flooded a ballroom with up to 18
inches of saltwater. Floodwaters from the Savannah River inundated a restaurant on the east end
of River Street and there were eyewitness reports of the hulls of boats tied up at the River Street
Bridge rising to the level of the railings along the river (per NHC)Radar (Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Best models | Matthew timeline | NHC final report | USGS surge info
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