Landfalling Hurricanes

Landfalling Hurricanes Eastern Canada Image
Landfalling Hurricanes Eastern Canada Image

Tropical storms of hurricane strength receive considerable media and public attention when making landfall.  These storms carry winds in excess of 63 knots (117 km/h) and some wind related damage is always expected.  Trees are vulnerable during the warm months (leaves allow the wind to exert considerable force - frozen ground which can hold a tree in place in the winter is not a factor during hurricane season).  All tropical and extra-tropical storms can result in heavy rainfalls over short periods of time with flooding being a common problem.

Historical hurricane landfall locations have been documented in this section.  Because of the significance of these events, the entire storm archive has been used… all events from 1851 to 2003 have been catalogued.

  • The 1851 to 2001 HURDAT file upon which this publication is based was used for that time period.
  • The 1851 to 2003 HURDAT file released in the spring of 2004 was used for the 2002 and 2003 events.
  • Because of the significance of the august 1893 storm, additional notes have been added in reference to changes found in the Spring 2004 release of HURDAT.

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