Coast Watcher
(Registered User)
Mon Jun 12 2006 10:04 PM
Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits?

Good question and a great discussion from Clark.

I'm in Richmond Hill Georgia -- actually out on the Ogeechee River near Ossabaw Sound. We were Ground Zero for Hurricane David but it was just bearly a hurricane.

Here is some data gleaned from the WTOC TV website -- I think the original source was from the Hurricane Center.

Below are the probabilities of the number of hurricanes passing within 75 miles of the given location over a period of 100 years.
Location Any Hurricane Major Hurricane
Charleston 10.0 2.2
Savannah 7.1 1.3
Jacksonville 9.1 1.9

Highest probabilities locations along SE coast

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 27.0 10.0
Miami, FL 26.3 11.1
Cape Hatteras, NC 21.3 5.3

(My Tab alignment doesn't seem to be working)

So this data seems to suggest Savannah/Hilton Head and the Georgia coast is somewhat safer than further north or south.


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