Map depicting the paths of all
landfalling tropical cyclones in the territory since 1851
British Overseas Territory of
Bermuda has a long history of encounters with
Atlantic tropical cyclones, many of which inflicted significant damage and influenced the territory's development. A small
archipelago comprising about 138 islands and islets, Bermuda occupies 21 square miles (54 km2) in the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly 650 miles (1,050 km) east of
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The islands are situated far outside the main development region for Atlantic hurricanes, but within the typical belt of
recurving tropical cyclones. Most storms form in the central Atlantic or western Caribbean Sea before approaching Bermuda from the southwest; storms forming north of 28°N are unlikely to impact the territory.
According to the
Bermuda Weather Service, the islands of Bermuda experience a damaging tropical cyclone once every six to seven years, on average. Due to the small area of the island chain,
landfalls and direct hits are rare. Strictly speaking, only nine landfalls have occurred during years included in the official
Atlantic hurricane database, starting in 1851. When hurricanes
Gonzalo struck Bermuda just days apart in October 2014, that season became the first to produce two landfalls. Two damaging storms impacted Bermuda in September 1899, but the center of the first storm narrowly missed the islands. Tropical cyclones, and their antecedent or remnant weather systems, have affected the territory in all seasons, most frequently in the late summer months. A study of recorded storms from 1609 to 1996 found that direct hits from hurricanes were most common in early September and late October, with an intervening relative lull creating two distinct 'seasons'.
Hurricanes late in the year are often in the process of undergoing
extratropical transition and receiving
baroclinic enhancement. Bermuda is less likely to be impacted during years when the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and southeastern United States are favored targets. Even in intense hurricanes, the islands tend to fare relatively well; ever since a cyclone in 1712 destroyed many wooden buildings, most structures have been built with stone walls and roofs, and are able to withstand severe winds. As a result, hurricane-related deaths have been uncommon since the early 18th century. Ten storms have collectively caused 129 fatalities; 110 of them, or 85%, were the result of shipwrecks along the shore in
Hurricane "Ten" of 1926.
Hurricane Fabian in 2003 was the only system in the
weather satellite era to cause storm-related deaths.
In total, 181 events are listed, with widely varying degrees of damage. A hurricane in 1609 was responsible for the first permanent settlement on Bermuda: in late July, the
Jamestown-bound, British ship Sea Venture nearly foundered in the storm and sought refuge on the islands, which the passengers found surprisingly hospitable. Hurricane Fabian was the most intense storm to impact the territory in modern times, though officially it did not make landfall, and was the only storm to have its name
retired for effects in Bermuda. The costliest storms were Fabian and Gonzalo, which caused about $300 million and $200–400 million in damage respectively (2003 and 2014
USD). Accounting for inflation and continued development, Fabian would have likely wrought around $650 million in damage had it struck in 2014. The most recent tropical cyclone to affect the islands was
Hurricane Nicole in October 2016.
1543 – The year 1543 and indistinct initials are carved on a rock in the modern-day
Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, likely by the occupants of a Portuguese vessel that became separated from her fleet and driven aground in the summer months. Thirty sailors survive on Bermuda for about 60 days, during which time they construct a seaworthy craft from recovered timbers of their wrecked ship. Given the time of year, a tropical hurricane may be responsible for this incident.
July 24, 1609 – A hurricane sets the stage for the British colonization of Bermuda when a ship bound for
Jamestown, Virginia, is caught in the storm and forced to steer aground. When a fleet of
Virginia Company ships tasked with resupplying the failing Jamestown colony encounters the hurricane, the flagship, Sea Venture, becomes separated from the other vessels and begins to take on water. The increasingly waterlogged Sea Venture battles the rough seas until July 28, when, just as the crew becomes resigned to their fate, Admiral
Sir George Somers spots the uninhabited rocky shores of Bermuda. To prevent the ship from sinking, Somers deliberately drives her onto the reefs about a half mile off the eastern coast. Using the ship's
longboat, all 150 settlers, as well as the crew, make it safely ashore. The so-called "Isle of Devils" proves far more hospitable than initially feared, with abundant food and resources. Two new ships, the Deliverance and the Patience, are constructed, and nearly all of the Sea Venture's original occupants set sail for Jamestown. The Virginia Company administers the islands until the formation of the
Somers Isles Company in 1615. The tale of the Sea Venture inspired
William Shakespeare to write The Tempest, and the
coat of arms of Bermuda features a prominent representation of the shipwreck.
July (?) 1612 – A hurricane destroys a recently constructed church.
September 1615 – A severe hurricane strikes Bermuda 
November 1619 – Two hurricanes strike Bermuda during the month, sinking at least one ship, uprooting large trees, ruining the entire winter corn crop, and destroying a wooden watchtower constructed seven years earlier. The rapid succession of two hurricanes leaves the colony with a severe food shortage.
1620 – A hurricane flattens hastily built shacks, while two fishermen are lost at sea.
September 13, 1621 – The arrival of a supply ship into port is delayed by stormy conditions; by the time the vessel wrecks along the coast, some of her passengers have died of a rampant illness.
August 16, 1629 – The most damaging hurricane thus far in the colony's history destroys crops, several forts, a prison, and the rebuilt watchtower.
October 20, 1639 – Two Spanish ships ground out in a hurricane; the occupants are brought ashore, and charged monthly accommodation fees until their departure the following February. The sailors claim that the Governor had prevented them from leaving the colony except by means of purchasing their own ship.
October 16, 1664 – A British ship blows aground in the midst of a storm.
August 24, 1669 – One ship is wrecked by a hurricane along the shore of
Castle Island, with five men lost, and another capsizes roughly 20 mi (32 km) off
1686 – Hurricane season leaves the Government House in a state of disrepair.
September 8, 1712 – A severe hurricane buffets Bermuda for eight hours, destroying most of the churches. The storm highlights the necessity of ongoing efforts to shift from wood construction to stone.
1713 – By November, the effects of two hurricanes are evident, though the collective impact is less severe than that of the 1712 hurricane.
1715 – A disastrous hurricane destroys the rest of the wooden churches left standing after the 1712 hurricane.
1726 – A season of stormy weather includes two hurricane strikes in rapid succession. Private and public buildings alike are damaged by the hurricanes, and the persistent bad weather leads to a stream of stricken ships entering
St. George's Harbour for repairs. Without the support of the
Somers Isles Company, which was dissolved in 1684, impoverished colonists grow disillusioned; they are often unable to repair storm-related damage, the crops in 1726 are a complete loss, and the small supply of gunpowder is compromised.
1728 – The newly appointed
Governor of Bermuda,
John Pitt, arrives to find the island in distress from a recent hurricane impact. The official residence requires repair once more.
October 18, 1780 – After emerging from the
Lesser Antilles, where it establishes itself as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, the
Great Hurricane of 1780 devastates Bermuda, likely passing southeast of the islands. Some fifty ships are driven ashore with the
storm surge, and vast swaths of trees are uprooted; the town of St. George's is left with a "completely denuded air." Many homes are demolished. Famine and a
smallpox epidemic take hold in the aftermath of the hurricane.
September 1786 – Houses are damaged and trees are uprooted by a hurricane, and the cotton crop is largely destroyed.
October 23, 1793 – A violent hurricane passes near the islands, causing "inconceivable" damage to homes and public buildings, many of them being totally destroyed. The storm topples several thousand trees and wreaks havoc on shipping; every vessel in St. George's Harbour is driven aground, many ships being wrecked or heavily damaged, and numerous wharves are lost. Most of the 40 or so
fish ponds along the north shore of
St. David's Island, with a cumulative capacity of about 5,000 fish, are destroyed.
September 9–10, 1800 – The sloop John founders amid rough seas from a tropical storm or hurricane; her entire crew is rescued. Bermuda is subjected to a period of
gales but suffers no damage.
November 4–5, 1800 – A hurricane brings strong winds to the islands, "destroying every shrub in its direction." Damage to trees and crops is substantial, and multiple vessels are driven ashore. This hurricane prompts a change in attitude toward the need for a lighthouse in Bermuda, and the establishment of a Marine Society is sought to aid families of sailors lost along the rocky coasts.
August 4–5, 1813 – Prior to this storm, St. George's Harbour becomes congested with numerous warships due to a
war between Great Britain and the United States. Additionally, the economic aspect of this war leads to merchant vessels being detained within the harbour, further crowding the waters. A complete record of the number of ships does not exist, though at least 30 are believed to be present at the time of the hurricane. Around noon on August 4, a heavy squall affects the islands and winds steadily increase through the night. By early the following morning, winds roared at 90 mph (140 km/h), tearing roofs from homes and ships from their moorings. There are violent collisions between vessels, described as a "horde of ships" by Master Joseph Hinson of the schooner Chapman, in the crowded harbour. Nearly every vessel is driven ashore or wrecked. Untold quantities of cargo are lost, with little to salvage. Despite the damage, only one life is lost aboard the
ketchGeneral Doyle. In the storm's wake, construction begins on a new breakwater and other coastal installations.
October 15–19, 1814 – A hurricane strikes the islands "head-on," with persistent gale-force winds. Roads are clogged with debris and some homes are flooded, though damage is generally minor.
1815 – A slow-moving hurricane on an unspecified date batters the islands, altering the configuration of the coastline.
August 1818 – A hurricane unroofs the Town Hall building on Front Street in Hamilton.
September 19, 1828 – A hurricane to the northwest produces gale-force winds.
June 6–7, 1832 – The center of a tropical cyclone passes over or very close to the islands. Two schooners in St. George's Harbour are driven aground, and several houses are partially or totally unroofed. Tree damage is extensive.
September 11–12, 1839 – One of the worst storms in Bermuda's history strikes the islands from the south with an exceptional 11 ft (3.4 m) storm surge. Boats along the southern shore are carried ashore and deposited in fields, while various species of fish are seen hundreds of yards inland. Hurricane-force winds uproot many thousands of trees and level numerous homes; few structures escape damage. Roadways are left impassable by debris from trees, walls, and fences. Many families are left homeless, some forced to abandon their homes in the middle of the night and endure the storm in the open. Sea spray renders nearly all residential wells brackish. Despite the destruction, no lives are reported lost. The storm is typically known as Reid's Hurricane, after the newly appointed Bermuda Governor
William Reid who studied and documented Atlantic hurricanes with great interest.
October 21, 1841 – Hurricane-force winds from a nearby cyclone destroy a couple houses and damage several more, as well as destroying trees and food crops. Potato plants are left "as black and withered as if destroyed by a severe frost."
October 8–9, 1842 – Winds increase to
Force 9 as a hurricane passes to the north.
August 18, 1843 – A small hurricane is distantly felt in the form of gusty winds.
October 27, 1845 – The islands experience gale-force winds from a tropical cyclone to the east.
September 17–18, 1846 – Squally weather and pounding surf indicate the passage of a hurricane to the south and west. Aside from damage to trees, no major destruction is reported.
October 15, 1848 – Violent winds and tides 3 to 4 feet (0.91 to 1.22 m)* from a nearby hurricane batter the islands. Many wharves are submerged or entirely washed away, while stone walls and part of a breakwater collapse from the force of the surge. Roadways and homes in
Flatts Village are also flooded.
September 6–8, 1853 – The outer fringes of a
major hurricane are felt in the islands, but no damage is reported.
September 26–27, 1853 – A
tropical cyclone to the east produces gale-force winds and heavy rainfall.
October 21, 1854 – A
tropical storm passes a short distance to the southeast with Force 11 winds. "Great" property damage is reported, particularly at
Spanish Point, and numerous boats are destroyed. Observers witness two possible tornadoes: one that passes over
Boaz Island, scouring the ground, and another in eastern
Paget Parish that topples trees and unroofs a home.
October 23–24, 1858 – The center of a
moderate hurricane passes near the islands with powerful winds and flooding tides. The storm damages many homes and churches, and uproots a large number of trees.
October 4, 1866 – Force 11 winds are reported on the outer fringes of a distant
hurricane. Buildings sustain roof and wall damage, trees are toppled, and several boats are damaged or wrecked.
September 10, 1870 – A
major hurricane to the northwest blows down a large number of banana trees.
The floating dry dock Bermuda, heavily damaged in an August 1878 hurricane, is shown being towed to Bermuda in 1869
September 5, 1874 – A
hurricane to the west generates huge swells as sea spray defoliates plants across the territory.
October 20–23, 1876 – Gale-force winds and heavy rainfall mark the passage of a
hurricane to the north.
August 27–28, 1878 – Streets are clogged with fallen trees as a
hurricane passes to the north. At the height of a storm, a
floating dry dock—the largest ever built at the time—is damaged after breaking from its moorings at HM Dockyard, crushing wharves and a mooring bridge. The dock came to rest on a
August 29–30, 1880 – A slow-moving
hurricane, locally cited as the most severe since 1839, makes its closest approach approximately 40 mi (60 km) to the northeast. Intense winds cause "vast" damage to buildings and vegetation, particularly in eastern parts of the islands. A newly built school is destroyed in
Smith's Parish, and the Causeway sustains significant damage. Several ships are driven aground, and dozens of smaller boats are wrecked. Fruit crops are a total loss.
October 14, 1880 – Blustery squalls are reported along the fringe of a
hurricane to the southeast.
August 28, 1891 – Heavy squalls and winds to Force 6 indicate the passage of a
hurricane to the east. The storm damages trees, telegraph wires, and stone walls.
September 19–22, 1891 – A slow-moving
Category 2 hurricane approaches from the east and recurves just before the islands. High winds bring down trees and utility wires, and a Spanish brig loaded with lumber wrecks along the southwestern shore.
October 4, 1891 – A
moderate hurricane to the west produces a prolonged period of strong winds and heavy rain, but no appreciable damage is reported.
October 17–18, 1891 – A
hurricane passes a short distance to the west with extremely high tides and pounding waves. The Causeway is extensively damaged.
August 19–20, 1892 – Though winds are relatively light, a
hurricane to the west causes some agricultural, structural, and maritime damage.
October 26, 1894 – A
fast-moving hurricane to the west delivers a brief period of hurricane-force winds, toppling trees and telephone poles. The storm blows down roofing material and ruins vegetable crops.
October 24, 1895 – Wind gusts of 120 mph (190 km/h) are reported in association with a direct hit from a
moderate hurricane. Dozens of telephone poles are snapped, while "enormous" trees are uprooted. Extensive damage befalls homes, businesses, and public buildings.
September 4, 1899 – A
Category 1 hurricane passes just to the northwest, producing hurricane-force winds and significant damage.
September 12–13, 1899 – The distinct eye of a
Category 3 hurricane tracks over Bermuda with severe damage reported in many areas. As residents are preoccupied with cleanup efforts from the previous storm, the hurricane catches the islands off-guard. Houses are unroofed or completely destroyed, and large boulders along the southern shore are tossed inland. Wharves and boats are wrecked. HM Dockyard in particular takes heavy losses, amounting to "at least five figures" (
GBP). St. George's Parish is cut off from the mainland after the Causeway is demolished by strong waves, at a cost of around £15,000. The hurricane also extensively damages crops and vegetation, dealing a major blow to farmers. Early estimates place total property damage at £100,000, and this storm remains the strongest on record to impact the islands until
Hurricane Ten of 1926.
September 17, 1900 – Strong winds from a
hurricane to the east cause little damage.
September 28, 1903 – A
Category 2 hurricane passing a short distance to the east causes significant damage. Winds of 74 mph (119 km/h) uproot large numbers of trees, while heavy rainfall washes out roadways. Along the coast, docks, seawalls, and boats are destroyed; hundreds of buildings throughout the islands are damaged. Two fatalities are attributed to the storm: one man drowns at
Ireland Island, and another is crushed by a collapsing wall in St. George's.
September 8–9, 1906 – A
major hurricane to the northwest brushes the islands with 70 mph (110 km/h) winds, blowing down roof slates, telephone wires, and trees. One man drowns after being blown off
Watford Bridge, and another fatality occurs in Hamilton Harbour as a sailboat capsizes in a severe squall. A ferry in the harbour is destroyed by fire, which briefly threatens to spread to land.
Track of the September 1915 major hurricane that buffeted Bermuda for several days
September 25, 1910 – A
moderate hurricane to the east damages buildings in St. George's, topples a few banana trees, and blows a ship aground. Heavy rains provide residents with many months of clean drinking water.
September 3–8, 1915 – A
Category 3 hurricane meanders around the islands for several days, during which time gale-force winds blow from nearly all directions. Heavy rains cause many roofs to leak, and overall damage is extensive. Enormous waves from the hurricane wreck many boats; one cargo ship in particular, the SS Pollockshields, is driven aground on a reef off Elbow Beach. The captain drowns while attempting to procure a life jacket for a crew member, but all other men are eventually rescued.
September 23, 1916 – A
major hurricane just to the west brings winds of at least 84 mph (135 km/h). The storm, considered the most severe in many years, damages most structures, with several being nearly or completely destroyed. Exposed buildings along Front Street in Hamilton bear the brunt of the hurricane. Numerous small boats in Hamilton Harbour are wrecked.
September 4, 1917 – Enormous waves and extremely high tides from a
major hurricane to the east inundate low-lying areas, including the entirety of Market Square in St. George's; individuals at Town Hall become stranded by the rising waters. A large section of
Higgs' Island is swept away.
September 4–5, 1918 – The center of a
Category 2 hurricane passes narrowly to the west, sinking or grounding boats and flooding parts of the islands. Winds of at least 60 mph (100 km/h) topple trees and shatter windows.
September 15, 1921 – A high-end
Category 2 hurricane inflicts severe damage on trees, public utilities, and small boats while striking the island. Many buildings – including several hotels – suffer damage, mostly of a minor nature. Wind gusts as high as 120 mph (190 km/h) are recorded at Prospect Hill before the anemometer is toppled. Water wells become contaminated by the sea spray.
September 21, 1922 – Bermuda is struck by a
Category 3 hurricane and associated 8 ft (2.4 m) storm surge, resulting in the highest tide since 1899. The hurricane submerges homes, roads, wharves, and other coastal installations, while 60 ft (18 m) waves break along the south shore. Winds reaching 120 mph (190 km/h) ravage vegetation, particularly banana trees. Heavy structural damage is also reported throughout the territory, and a number of small houses on White's Island are blown into the water. Total damage is estimated at $250,000, and one fatality occurs when a sailor falls overboard at the Dockyard.
Artist's impression of the sinking of the Valerian at Bermuda in October 1926
September 23, 1923 – A major hurricane to the northwest brings winds of 62 mph (100 km/h) with gusts to 90 mph (140 km/h). Parts of St. George's are inundated with seawater, and cottages on St. David's Island are damaged. The storm brings down trees, tree branches, and powerlines.
August 6, 1926 – A
Category 2 hurricane tracks about 80 mi (130 km) to the west, causing winds to increase to 54 mph (87 km/h). A few small boats in harbour are swamped.
October 22, 1926 – A
Category 3 hurricane makes landfall, becoming tied with
Hurricane Five of 1899 for the strongest recorded storm to strike the territory. The second half of the cyclone is the most violent, with sustained winds of 114 mph (183 km/h) at Fort Prospect and gusts over 100 mph (200 km/h) recorded in Hamilton. Damage is widespread but not extreme; although 40% of Bermuda's houses sustain roof damage, only two are demolished. The storm destroys banana plantations and fields of other crops. The
Arabis-class warship HMS Valerian sinks less than 5 mi (8 km) from HM Dockyard with 88 men lost and 21 survivors. Another ship, the cargo steamer SS Eastway, is lost near Bermuda along with 22 of her 35 crew members.
November 12, 1932 – A
Category 2 hurricane passes about 80 mi (130 km) to the southeast, generating gusts to 87 mph (140 km/h).
August 21, 1933 – As a
major hurricane passes to the southwest, winds increase to 64 mph (103 km/h). The slow-moving storm delays the arrival of ships into port.
October 6, 1933 – A
hurricane passes to the northwest, delivering gale-force winds.
November 25, 1934 – Gale-force winds accompany a slow-moving
hurricane to the south.
October 16, 1939 – A
Category 4 hurricane passes a short distance to the east, causing torrential rain – 7.35 in (187 mm) – and wind gusts as high as 131 mph (211 km/h). Boats, homes, and vegetation all suffer considerable damage.
August 26, 1942 – A
Category 2 hurricane passes about 100 mi (160 km) to the east; winds reach 64 mph (103 km/h) in Bermuda.
September 28, 1942 – A
tropical storm curves around Bermuda with marginal tropical storm-force winds.
October 3, 1942 – Winds blow around 45 mph (70 km/h) as a
tropical storm passes to the east.
August 24, 1943 – A
major hurricane passes to the west, delivering a period of hurricane-force winds to Bermuda.
September 3–4, 1943 – Winds to 45 mph (70 km/h) accompany the outer fringes of
a hurricane to the east.
October 20, 1947 – A
Category 3 hurricane reaches its peak intensity about 60 mi (100 km) to the west, producing damaging winds in excess of 100 mph (160 km/h). The hurricane cuts electric and telephone services, and numerous boats are sunk, including a ferry outside Hamilton Harbour. Homes are unroofed and trees are blown down, while ten people are slightly injured. Preliminary estimates place damage at $1 million. In the aftermath of the storm, a lineman is killed after falling from a pole during service restoration efforts.
September 13, 1948 – A
Category 3 hurricane passes roughly 50 mi (80 km) to the west, battering Bermuda with 80 to 100 mph (130 to 160 km/h) winds and gusts to 135 mph (217 km/h). Roadways are clogged with various debris, and St. George's is cut off from the mainland. Meanwhile, some buildings are deroofed. Rainfall totaling nearly 5 in (130 mm) triggers street flooding.
October 7, 1948 – The territory encounters a direct hit from a
Category 2 hurricane, with gusts measured at 110 mph (180 km/h). The storm uproots thousands of trees and leaves the entire territory without power. Many buildings suffered roof or wall damage; total losses are estimated at $1 million.
September 8, 1949 – A
Category 3 hurricane passes about 60 mi (100 km) to the west, though winds in Bermuda remain below hurricane-force. A few tree limbs are broken.
September 8, 1950 – Winds near 50 mph (80 km/h) mark the approach of
Hurricane Dog from the southwest.
October 2, 1950 – Category 2
Hurricane George passes about 100 mi (160 km) to the south, producing tropical storm-force winds.
September 9, 1951 – As
Hurricane Easy passes to the southeast, gusty winds blow down several banana trees.
September 27, 1952 –
Hurricane Charlie passes to the northwest, resulting in a period of tropical storm-force winds.
September 5, 1953 – Winds near 60 mph (97 km/h) accompany the outer bands of
Hurricane Carol to the southwest. The squalls knock down tree limbs and powerlines and injure two motorcyclists, while two motorocyclists in Hamilton are injured after being blown off-balance.
September 11–12, 1953 –
Tropical Storm Dolly makes landfall, but the weakening storm causes little damage. Gale-force winds and moderate rainfall disrupt telephone service.
September 17, 1953 – Category 3
Hurricane Edna passes about 50 mi (80 km) to the northwest with torrential rains and gusts to around 120 mph (190 km/h). The winds cause significant damage to homes and trees, and some freshwater flooding is reported. Edna also wreaks havoc on boats in
Hamilton Harbour and disrupts water and power utilities across Bermuda. Three people sustain storm-related injuries.
September 28, 1958 –
Hurricane Ilsa to the east causes squally conditions and extensive beach erosion.
October 7, 1961 – Category 3
Hurricane Frances passes about 100 mi (160 km) to the northwest, with its effects limited to rough seas and light rainfall.
October 6, 1962 –
Hurricane Daisy to the west results in wind gusts to 66 mph (106 km/h) and heavy surf.
August 9, 1963 – Category 1
Hurricane Arlene makes landfall and produces torrential rain totaling 6.05 in (154 mm). Gusts to 98 mph (158 km/h) cause extensive tree damage, enabled by a dearth of recent storms, and further foliage is killed by the sea spray. Heavy losses are reported to citrus and avocado crops. Arlene destroys homes and watercraft, and a yacht club in
Devonshire Parish is "wiped out in its entirety including every boat." Property damage is estimated at $300,000.
August 8, 1964 –
Tropical Storm Brenda makes landfall, spawning a tornado that damages several airplanes. A 92 mph (148 km/h) wind gust recorded by an elevated anemometer is attributed to the tornado.
Hurricane Inga, one of the longest-lived Atlantic tropical cyclones on record, brushed the territory in October 1969
September 12–13, 1964 – Category 2
Hurricane Ethel passes about 90 mi (140 km) to the northwest, bringing wind gusts near hurricane force and heavy rain, totaling 4.05 in (103 mm). Power and telephone services are interrupted on St. George's, and the Causeway experiences overwash.
July 4, 1973 – Category 1
Hurricane Alice produces strong wind gusts and 4.57 in (116 mm) of rain as it passes about 20 mi (32 km) to the west. Despite blowing down a few trees and powerlines, the storm proved beneficial, helping to alleviate persistent drought conditions.
September 26–27, 1975 – Category 2
Hurricane Fay passes about 40 mi (60 km) to the northeast, generating wind gusts to 69 mph (111 km/h) and dropping 2.8 in (0.071 m) of rain.
September 8, 1981 –
Hurricane Floyd weakens to a tropical storm and passes just southeast, placing Bermuda on the weaker side of the cyclone. The encounter yields only brief rain showers.
September 16, 1982 – As Category 2
Hurricane Debby passes about 80 mi (130 km) to the west, wind gusts near 70 mph (110 km/h) bring down a few trees and powerlines, but cause no major damage.
August 13, 1987 – Wind gusts to 50 mph (80 km/h) and 1.65 in (42 mm) are reported in association with
Tropical Storm Arlene about 60 mph (97 km/h) to the north.
September 25, 1987 – After a bout of unexpected and rapid intensification, fast-moving
Hurricane Emily makes landfall at Category 1 intensity, battering the island with a brief burst of destructive winds. The storm's outer bands spawn "dozens" of waterspouts and tornadoes, some of which cause injuries and property damage. Sustained winds of 86 mph (138 km/h) with gusts to 116 mph (187 km/h) bring down many trees, cited as between 80% and 90% of all specimens in the territory. Boats, cars, and utilities also suffer. Of 2,500 houses impacted by the storm, about 200 receive major roof damage. All roads on the island are obstructed by toppled trees and utility poles. Losses are estimated at $35 million, and over 100 people are treated for minor storm-related injuries.
November 24, 1988 – Bermuda experiences one-minute sustained winds of 47 mph (76 km/h) and gusts to 78 mph (126 km/h) as
Tropical Storm Keith to the north becomes extratropical.
August 6, 1989 – The eastern eyewall of Category 2
Hurricane Dean crosses the island. Winds sustained at 81 mph (130 km/h) with gusts to 113 mph (182 km/h) are reported on the western end. The storm damages at least 648 buildings, along with dozens of boats and vehicles, and sixteen people are injured to some degree. Storm-heightened tides flood coastal streets and homes, while several inches of rain are measured. A parking lot at the airport is totally washed out along with several vehicles.Naval Air Station Bermuda sustains $3.9 million in damage, contributing to a storm total of $8.9 million.
August 15, 1995 –
Hurricane Felix passes about 70 miles (110 km) to the south-southwest, generating sustained winds of 63 mph (101 km/h) with gusts to 81 mph (130 km/h). The slow-moving storm cuts power to about 18,000 electric customers, delays an
independence referendum, and causes $2.5 million in damage. Rough seas break boats from their moorings and destroy long swaths of the Causeway's safety walls. Two other bridges in St. George's receive damage.
September 10, 1995 –
Hurricane Luis passes to the northwest, accompanied by gusts to 56 mph (90 km/h).
September 19, 1995 –
Hurricane Marilyn passes to the west, producing tropical storm-force winds with gusts to 60 mph (97 km/h). No appreciable damage is reported.
October 20, 1996 –
Hurricane Lili passes to the southeast, buffeting the island with gusty winds.
September 3, 1998 –
Hurricane Danielle passes to the northwest, causing 39 mph (63 km/h) winds with gusts to 54 mph (87 km/h).
September 21, 1999 –
Hurricane Gert passes to the southeast, brushing the island with gusts to 74 mph (119 km/h) at the airport (slightly higher at exposed coastal locations), as well as light rainfall. Above-average tides and 25 to 30 ft (7.6 to 9.1 m) waves leave significant beach erosion and affect an estimated 1,100 buildings, while 10,000 homes lose power.
September 23, 2001 –
Hurricane Humberto passes to the west, producing 43 mph (69 km/h) wind gusts and 1.69 in (43 mm) of rain.
October 11, 2001 –
Subtropical Storm Karen strengthens near Bermuda, resulting in damaging wind gusts as high as 100 mph (161 km/h); a ship at harbor reports a much higher gust, possibly the result of localized
convection. The storm system destroys numerous boats and leaves some 23,000 households without power, accounting for more than two-thirds of electric customers.
November 7, 2001 – The combination of
Hurricane Michelle's extratropical remnants and a developing non-tropical low bring rainy and blustery weather.
September 5, 2003 – The island enters the eastern eyewall of Category 3
Hurricane Fabian, the most destructive hurricane in the territory since 1926. Elevated stations record wind gusts in excess of 150 mph (240 km/h), while the south shore is subjected to 20 to 30 ft (6 to 9 m) waves and an estimated 10 ft (3.0 m)
storm surge. Seawater inundates beachfront structures and compromises the Causeway, where four people are swept away in their vehicles. Fabian produces considerable damage to property and vegetation, unroofing some buildings in exposed locations and causing more severe failures in weaker structures. The wind damage is possibly exacerbated by several small tornadoes reportedly embedded in the hurricane's eyewall. About 25,000 electric customers lose power, and total damage exceeds $300 million. Fabian is the only tropical cyclone in the
weather satellite era to directly cause fatalities on Bermuda. In response to the hurricane's destruction, the name Fabian is
retired and replaced with Fred for 2009.
August 4, 2005 –
Tropical Storm Harvey passes about 30 mi (48 km) to the south, producing tropical storm-force winds and 5.02 in (128 mm) of rain. The heavy rainfall creates some transient street flooding.
September 8, 2005 –
Hurricane Nate passes to the south, producing rainshowers and wind gusts to 58 mph (93 km/h).
October 25, 2005 – Thunderstorms and gusty winds are observed as
Hurricane Wilma passes far to the northwest.
September 11, 2006 – Category 1
Hurricane Florence passes about 60 mi (97 km) to the northwest and bears damaging winds, gusting to 90 mph (140 km/h) at the airport. The winds bring down trees and powerlines, leaving 25,000 households without power, and damage about ten buildings. A small tornado is reported in
Southmapton Parish within one of the hurricane's outer bands. Overall damage amounts to $200,000.
November 2–3, 2007 – As
Hurricane Noel far to the west transitions into a large extratropical cyclone, Bermuda experiences rough seas and gale-force winds.
July 14, 2008 –
Tropical Storm Bertha passes about 40 mi (64 km) to the east; tropical storm-force winds, gusting as fast as 91 mph (146 km/h) at elevated stations, damage tree limbs and powerlines. Bertha drops about 5 in (130 mm) of rain, which leads to minor street flooding.
September 27–28, 2008 –
Tropical Storm Kyle to the west intensifies into a hurricane, brushing the island with gusty winds and heavy showers.
August 21, 2009 –
Hurricane Bill passes to the west, causing squally conditions and high swells that reach 35 ft (11 m) just outside the reefs. The storm unmoors several boats, erodes beaches, and briefly cuts power to a few thousand customers.
September 19–20, 2010 – As Category 1
Hurricane Igor passes about 60 mi (100 km) to the west, the airport records ten-minute sustained winds of 68 mph (109 km/h) with gusts to 93 mph (150 km/h); gusts over 115 mph (185 km/h) are measured at elevated stations. Igor also produces 3.19 in (81 mm) of rain and a minor storm surge. Igor causes less destruction than feared, leading to only minor structural damage and coastal flooding, but still cuts power to nearly 29,000 households. The storm causes an estimated $500,000 in damage.
October 29, 2010 – Category 1
Hurricane Shary, an unusually small storm, passes 80 mi (130 km) to the southeast with no major effects.
August 15, 2011 –
Tropical Storm Gert passes about 90 mi (140 km) to the east, bringing light rain and breezy winds.
August 28, 2011 – A weakening
Tropical Storm Jose passes about 60 mi (100 km) to the west with bands of showers and strong wind gusts.
September 15, 2011 – A brief period of squally weather, marked by wind gusts to 69 mph (111 km/h) and light rainfall accumulations, accompanies the passage of
Hurricane Maria to the west.
October 1, 2011 –
Major Hurricane Ophelia passes to the east with little fanfare. High surf and some breezy showers are reported.
November 11, 2011 –
Tropical Storm Sean passes about 80 mi (130 km) to the north, producing a short period of tropical storm-force winds. The storm impairs several boats around the island.
June 15–17, 2012 – A non-tropical low pressure area that would later become
Hurricane Chris drops moderate to heavy rainfall for several days, with a total of 2.59 in (66 mm) on June 15 breaking the daily rainfall record. Several streets in poor-drainage areas are flooded, some to a depth of 4 ft (1.2 m). On June 17, as the system continues to develop, a small but intense gale center moves over the island, marked by gusts of 64 mph (103 km/h) at the airport.
September 8–10, 2012 – Slow-moving
Tropical Storm Leslie to the east drops 5.17 in (131 mm) of rain, most of which falls on September 9, the island's wettest day in several years; only minor flooding is reported. Gusty winds cause limited power outages, chiefly from powerline contact with overhanging vegetation.
October 16–17, 2012 –
Hurricane Rafael passes to the east, delivering gusty winds and moderate rainfall. About 1,000 electric customers lose power for a short time.
October 27–29, 2012 – Outer bands from the expansive
Hurricane Sandy to the west affect Bermuda. In addition to wind gusts as high as 64 mph (103 km/h) and light rainfall, the storm's fringes produce a weak tornado in
Somerset Village that does minor structural damage.
September 10–11, 2013 –
Tropical Storm Gabrielle passes about 25 mi (40 km) to the west, causing various minor damage and light power outages. A few trees and tree limbs are blown down.
August 27–28, 2014 –
Hurricane Cristobal passes far to the northwest, with its effects limited to gusty winds and heightened surf.
October 12, 2014 – Category 1
Hurricane Fay makes landfall in Bermuda, causing an unexpectedly great degree of damage. Wind gusts over 100 mph (160 km/h) clog roadways with downed trees and utility poles, and leave most electric customers without power. Along the coast, Fay damages or destroys numerous boats and inundates streets. The terminal building at the airport suffers extensive flooding after the powerful winds compromise its roof and sprinkler system. Insured losses from Fay likely total "tens of millions of dollars."
October 17–18, 2014 – While cleanup and repairs from Fay are still underway, Category 2
Hurricane Gonzalo makes landfall on the southwestern coast, severely compounding the damage. The territory experiences up to 12 hours of hurricane-force winds, peaking at 144 mph (232 km/h) at
St. David's Island, Bermuda; consequently, widespread roof and structural damage is reported. At the height of the storm, about 31,000 out of 36,000 electricity customers are without power, including 1,500 residual outages from Fay. The hurricane destroys many boats and inflicts minor damage on Causeway, limiting traffic to one lane for several days. Tees and utility poles once again leave "barely a road passable" across the island, and the Bermuda Weather Service building endures wind and water damage. The most significant storm to affect Bermuda since Fabian in 2003, Gonzalo is generally less destructive, and causes no deaths or major injuries. Insured losses are estimated at between $200 and $400 million.
October 4–5, 2015 – Category 1
Hurricane Joaquin passes about 70 mi (110 km) to the west-northwest, producing several inches of rain and strong winds, gusting as high as 115 mph (185 km/h) at exposed and elevated locations. A structure at the
Bermuda Maritime Museum is partially unroofed, and about 15,000 households lose electricity, but damage is generally inconsequential.
January 8, 2016 – The extratropical cyclone that would later become
Hurricane Alex generates rough seas and 60 mph (100 km/h) wind gusts. Along with sporadic power outages, air travel and ferry services are interrupted.
September 24, 2016 –
Tropical Storm Karl passes about 50 mi (80 km) to the southeast, producing 3.89 in (99 mm) of rain and tropical storm-force winds. The storm cuts power to about 800 electric customers, but overall damage is minor.
October 13, 2016 – The eye of Category 3
Hurricane Nicole passes over the islands, though the exact center remains just offshore. Gusts as high as 136 mph (219 km/h) blow down trees and power lines, which cuts power to nearly 90% of the territory's electric customers. Dozens of boats are damaged or destroyed, and entire fields of crops are lost, although property damage is less severe than anticipated. The hurricane drops 6.77 in (172 mm) of rain, becoming one of the wettest recorded storms to impact Bermuda.