Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the Bahamas


Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the Bahamas

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

Published Jul. 31, 2020 10:42 AM | Updated Aug. 1, 2020 10:47 AMCopied

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The storm will first unleash damaging impacts across eastern Florida before it sets its sights on the Carolinas.

Hurricane Isaias continued to lash the Bahamas with strong winds and heavy rain early Saturday as it crept closer to the coast of the mainland United States. Isaias, packing winds of 80 mph, crashed ashore in Andros Island of the Bahamas early Saturday.

At 11:00 a.m., EDT, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that the Hurricane Isaias was making landfall over the northern portion of Andros Island, the largest and southernmost island of the archipelago. The Category one storm was only a mere 40 miles west-southwest of the Bahamian capital of Nassau. Forecasters said that the storm was continuing to move to the northwest at a speed of 12 mph. The storm had slowed down from its pace of 18 mph on Friday.

The Associated Press reported that there was roof damage and tree damage across parts of the archipelago early Saturday.

A satellite image showing Hurricane Isaias churning through the Bahamas and heading for Florida on Aug. 1, 2020. The system was described as having a “ragged” eye by the National Hurricane Center early Saturday. (NOAA / GOES-East)

As the storm closed in on the Bahamas, residents were still rushing to complete preparations for the storm on Saturday, Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told the AP, adding that people were still in long lines to buy gas on Grand Bahama.

“People are doing the best they can to prepare, but a lot of businesses still have not fully repaired their roofs or their structures” since devastating Hurricane Dorian struck in 2019, Miller said. “Even a lower level storm could really set them back.”

Government officials and residents in Florida were in full preparation mode on Friday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in every coastal county of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, stretching from Miami-Dade to Nassau counties, on Friday in preparation for the storm. Meanwhile, the NHC issued a hurricane warning for portions

List of deadliest Atlantic hurricanes

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This is a list of the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes, including all known storms that caused at least 1,000 direct deaths. The deadliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history was the Great Hurricane of 1780, which resulted in 22,000–27,501 fatalities. In recent years, the deadliest hurricane was Hurricane Mitch of 1998, with at least 11,374 deaths attributed to it.


Pre-HURDAT era[edit]

Hurricanes reported to have caused possibly or known over a thousand deaths or more.

NameDates activeAreas affectedDeathsRefs
Straits of FloridaSeptember 5, 16221,090
Cuba and FloridaOctober 16441,500
Martinique and GuadeloupAugust 14–15, 16662,000
BarbadosSeptember 27, 16941,000+
BahamasJuly 31, 1715Bahamas, Florida Treasure Coast Hurricane of 17151,000–2,500
MartiniqueAugust 5–7, 17671,600
HavanaOctober 15, 176843–1,000
NewfoundlandAugust 29–September 9, 1775North Carolina, Virginia, Newfoundland4,000 – 4,163
Pointe-à-Pitre BaySeptember 5, 17766,000+
The St. Lucia Hurricane of 1780June 13, 1780Puerto Rico St. Lucia4,000–5,000
The Savanna-la-Mar Hurricane of 1780October 1–5, 17803,000
Great Hurricane of 1780October 9–20, 1780Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Bermuda22,000–27,501
Solano’s HurricaneOctober 18–21, 1780Gulf of Mexico2,000
1782 Central Atlantic hurricaneSeptember 16, 1782destroyed Admiral Thomas Graves fleet3,000+
Great Cuba Hurricane of 1791June 21–22, 17913,000
Martinique and DominicaAugust 25, 18133,000+
1825 Santa Ana hurricaneJuly 26–27, 1825Caribbean and Puerto Rico1,300+
Great Caribbean-Louisiana Hurricane of 1831August 10–17, 1831Barbados, St. Vincent, Haiti, Cuba Louisiana2,500

HURDAT era[edit]

All of these tropical cyclones are featured within the Atlantic hurricane database.

NameDates activeSaffir-Simpson CategorySustained
wind speeds
PressureAreas affectedDamage
San MarcosOctober 5–14, 1870Category 3 hurricane115 mph (185 km/h)959 hPa (28.32 inHg)Cuba, Florida, Bahamas$12 million800–2,000[1]
Sea IslandsAugust 15 – September 2, 1893Category 3 hurricane120 mph (195 km/h)954 hPa (28.17 inHg)Georgia, South Carolina$1 million1,000–2,000
Chenier CaminadaSeptember 27 – October 5, 1893Category 4 hurricane135 mph (215 km/h)948 hPa (27.99 inHg)Yucatán Peninsula, Louisiana, Mississippi$5 million1,800–2,000
San CiriacoAugust 3 – September 4, 1899Category 4 hurricane150 mph (240 km/h)930 hPa (27.46 inHg)Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Eastern United States$20 million3,855
GalvestonAugust 27 – September 15, 1900Category 4 hurricane145 mph (230 km/h)936 hPa (27.64 inHg)The Caribbean, Texas$20 million8,000–12,000
MonterreyAugust 20–28, 1909Category 3 hurricane120 mph (195 km/h)955 hPa (28.20 inHg)Greater Antilles, Mexico$50 million4,000
OkeechobeeSeptember 6–20, 1928Category 5 hurricane160 mph (260 km/h)924 hPa (27.29 inHg)Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Florida$100 million4,075
San ZenonAugust 29 – September 17, 1930Category 4 hurricane155 mph (250 km/h)933 hPa (27.55 inHg)Lesser Antilles, Hispaniola$50 million2,000–8,000
BelizeSeptember 6–13, 1931Category 4 hurricane135 mph (215 km/h)952 hPa (28.11 inHg)Belize$7.5 million1,500–2,500
CubaOctober 30 – November 13, 1932Category 5 hurricane175 mph (280 km/h)915 hPa (27.02 inHg)Netherlands Antilles, Cuba, Bahamas$40 million2,500–3,107
Central AmericaJune 4–18, 1934Category 2 hurricane100 mph (160 km/h)966 hPa (28.53 inHg)Central America, Eastern United States$2.6 million2,000–3,000
JérémieOctober 18–27, 1935Category 1 hurricane85 mph (137 km/h)988 hPa (29.18 inHg)Greater Antilles, Central America$16 million2,150
JanetSeptember 21–30, 1955Category 5 hurricane175 mph (280 km/h)914 hPa (26.99 inHg)Barbados, Windward Islands, British Honduras, Yucatán Peninsula, Mainland Mexico$65.8 million1,023
FloraSeptember 26 – October 12, 1963Category 4 hurricane145 mph (230 km/h)940 hPa (27.76 inHg)The Caribbean, Florida$529 million7,193[2]
Fifi-OrleneSeptember 14–24, 1974Category 2 hurricane110 mph (180 km/h)971 hPa (28.67 inHg)Jamaica, Central America, Mexico$1.8 billion8,210[3][4]
DavidAugust 25 – September 8, 1979Category 5 hurricane175 mph (280 km/h)924 hPa (27.29 inHg)The Caribbean, United States East coast$1.54 billion2,068[5][6]
GordonNovember 8–21, 1994Category 1 hurricane85 mph (140 km/h)980 hPa (28.94 inHg)Central America, Greater Antilles, Florida$594 million1,152
MitchOctober 22 – November 5, 1998Category 5 hurricane180 mph (285 km/h)905 hPa (26.72 inHg)Central America, Yucatán Peninsula, South Florida$6.08 billion11,374–19,000[7][8][9]
JeanneSeptember 13–28, 2004Category 3 hurricane120 mph (195 km/h)950 hPa (28.05 inHg)The Caribbean, Eastern United States$7.94 billion3,037[5][10][11][12]
KatrinaAugust 23–30, 2005Category 5 hurricane175 mph (280 km/h)902 hPa (26.64 inHg)Bahamas, United States Gulf Coast$125 billion1,245–1,836[13]
StanOctober 1–5, 2005Category 1 hurricane80 mph (130 km/h)977 hPa (28.85 inHg)Mexico, Central America$3.96 billion1,668[5][14]
MariaSeptember 16 – October 2, 2017Category 5 hurricane175 mph (280 km/h)908 hPa (26.81 inHg)Lesser Antilles (particularly Dominica), Puerto Rico$96.1 billion3,059[15]
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Unless otherwise noted, all of the damage totals in this article are in the original year USD.
  2. ^ Reference for dates, season, wind speeds and pressure.[16]


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  3. ^ “Aid Efforts Start For Honduras, Fifi Deaths Soar”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. September 24, 1974. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
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  5. Jump up to:a b c Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. “EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database”. Université catholique de Louvain. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
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  7. ^ National Climatic Data Center (2004). “Mitch: The Deadliest Atlantic Hurricane Since 1780”. United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Inter-American Development Bank. “Central America After Hurricane Mitch- Costa Rica”. Archived from the originalon December 19, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Inter-American Development Bank. “Central America After Hurricane Mitch- El Salvador”. Archived from the originalon October 26, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Hurricane Committee (August 12, 2005). Twenty-seventh Session (March 31 to April 5, 2005) (PDF) (Final Report). World Meteorological Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2012. Retrieved August 4,2013.
  11. ^ Lawrence, Miles B; Cobb, Hugh D; National Hurricane Center (November 22, 2004). Hurricane Jeanne: September 13 – 28(Tropical Cyclone Report). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Blake, Eric S; Landsea, Christopher W; Gibney, Ethan J; National Hurricane Center (August 2011). The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2010 (And Other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts) (PDF) (NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS NHC-6). United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. Archived (PDF)from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  13. ^ Knabb, Richard D; Rhome, Jamie R; Brown, Daniel P; National Hurricane Center (December 20, 2005). Hurricane Katrina: August 23 – 30, 2005 (PDF) (Tropical Cyclone Report). United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  14. ^ Pasch, Richard J; Roberts, David P; National Hurricane Center (February 4, 2006). Hurricane Stan: October 1 – 5, 2005 (PDF) (Tropical Cyclone Report). United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  15. ^ “Hurricane Maria caused an estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico, new study finds”. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  16. ^ “Atlantic hurricane best track (HURDAT version 2)”(Database). United States National Hurricane Center. May 25, 2020.

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