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Tropical Cyclones which affected the Bahamas

This page contains a history of some of recent hurricanes that have affected the Bahamas. Under each storm a brief description is available describing its intensity, damages it caused and/or loss of life. Please click on the storm's name to view its description

THE HURRICANE OF 1785:

Wednesday 21st September, 1785 Destroyed what may have been the first Loyalist settlement in the Bahamas on Abaco, barely two years after the Loyalists emigrated there from New York in 1783. Did considerable damage to shipping in Nassau Harbour.

THE HURRICANE OF 1866:

Affected nearly all the Islands from the Turks and Caicos Islands to Grand Bahama.

THE HURRICANE OF 1929:

Was very destructive to New Providence and Andros.

TROPICAL STORM OF OCTOBER 1938

Affected Abaco and Grand Bahama on the 19th October. Winds between 30 and 48 miles per hour were reported in squalls.

TROPICAL STORM OF NOVEMBER 1938

Affected Inagua, The Ragged Island Chain on the 7th and South Andros on the 8th. Maximum sustained winds got up to about 60 miles per hour.

TROPICAL STORM OF AUGUST 1939

This storm moved toward the northwest and passed over San Salvador, North Eleuthera and West End, Grand Bahama, between the 10th and 11th. Maximum winds reached 50 miles per hour in squalls.

TROPICAL STORM OF NOVEMBER

1939 The Center of this storm passed over Crooked Island on the 5th, with winds up to 50 miles per hour near the center. The storm moved northeast and over the Atlantic Ocean.

HURRICANE DONNA:

Hurricane Donna was a small, compact and extremely powerful hurricane, which moved westward through the Bahamas on 7th , 8th and 9th of September, 1960. Donna passed near Mayaguana and Acklins and directly over Ragged Island. Maximum sustained winds were between 85 and 100 miles per hour.

HURRICANE BETSY:

Hurricane Betsy, the hurricane that double back, caused severe flooding in Eleuthera and Abaco on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of September, 1965. Maximum sustained winds were between 80 and 120 miles per hour.

HURRICANE INEZ:

Hurricane Inez also looped on it's track and caused considerable flooding in the Northwest Bahamas on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of October, 1998. This track was very similar to the track of Betsy, just the year before. Maximum sustained winds were near 100 miles per hour. A small tornado was also spawned in the wake of Inez.

HURRICANE DAVID:

Hurricane David moved swiftly through the Bahamas, on the 2nd September, 1979, affecting Ragged Island Andros and Bimini with winds near 90 miles per hour. Some flooding occurred in New Providence and trees were uprooted.

TROPICAL STORM GERT:

Tropical Storm Gert passed over Mayaguana and near Crooked Island and San Salvador on the 10th September, 1981.

TROPICAL STORM KATRINA:

Tropical Storm Katrina moved over Long Island, just south of Exuma and near San Salvador on the 6th November, 1981.

TROPICAL STORM ISIDORE:

Isidore passed across San Salvador, southern Cat Island and the extreme northern tip of Andros on the 25th and 26th September, 1984.

HURRICANE KATE:

On the 18th November, 1985 Hurricane Kate moved westward just of the north coast of Inagua.

TROPICAL STORM FLOYD:

Tropical Storm Floyd moved east-northeast near the northern tip of Abaco and south of Grand Bahama on the 13th October, 1987.

TROPICAL STORM FABIAN:

Tropical Storm Fabian passed over the western portion of Grand Bahama on the 16th October, 1991, as an extra tropical low pressure system.

HURRICANE ANDREW:

Hurricane Andrew passed over Eleuthera, the Berry Islands and South Bimini on the 23rd August, 1992. Deadly Hurricane Andrew caused sever flooding and property damage in the islands mentioned and also in North Andros. Additionally, four deaths were reported but only two were directly attributed to Hurricane Andrew. Numerous tornadoes were spawned from thunderstorm clouds associated with Hurricane Andrew in the island of Eleuthera.

HURRICANE ERIN:

Hurricane Erin moved up the Bahama chain affecting Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Island Cat Island, Eleuthera, the southern tip of Abaco and Grand Bahama from the 31st July to the 1st August, 1995.

HURRICANE LILY:

Hurricane Lily moved across the Exuma Cays and San Salvador on 19th October, 1996. Lily caused flooding and agriculture damage in Exuma and Long Island.

HURRICANE GEORGES:

Hurricane George affected the Turks and Caicos Island and South Andros with winds near 70 miles per hour between the 16th and 17th September, 1998. Damage was minimal.

HURRICANE DENNIS:

Affected San Salvador, Crooked Island, Eleuthera and Abaco from 27th to 28th August, 1999 with moderate winds and rain. Dennis caused some roof and storm surge damage mainly to coastal properties.

HURRICANE FLOYD:

The most destructive hurricane since the 1929 hurricane devastated Cat Island, Eleuthera and Abaco between 13th and 17th September, 1999, with sustained winds up to 120 miles per hour. New Providence also experienced coastal road and seawall damage, due to storm surge. There were also damages to roofs and in some cases, roofs were completely destroyed.

TROPICAL STORM HARVEY:

Tropical Storm Harvey caused some flooding on 21st September, 1999, in low-lying areas of Bimini, Grand Bahama and Abaco before soaking South Florida.

TROPICAL STORM IRENE:

Irene affected most of the Northwest Bahamas from the 14th to 16th October, 1999, with long periods of rain which were heavy at times. Mild to moderate flooding were experienced in some parts of the Northwest Bahamas.