The Bahamas hurricane season starts officially on the 1st of June each year and ends on November 30th of the same year.
Hurricanes are quite common in the Caribbean as much of the region is governed by a tropical climate.
The significance of the climate lies in the fact that a hurricane is dependable on warm waters to develop and strengthen in its velocity, therefore rendering the Caribbean susceptible to their formation.
In the case of the Bahamas the islands are classified under a subtropical climate which makes the region warm and sunny year round. On average, temperatures range between 27-29°C (80-85°F).
Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
Historically, the Bahamas hurricane season has produced very few hurricanes on an annual basis. In fact, the average forecast for a serious hurricane making land fall in the Bahamas is once every twelve years and three years for a threat.
Usually some islands are worst affected by a hurricane than others; notably Andros, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Cat Island. Irene, which is the most recent hurricane to affect the Bahamas, occurred back in August of 2011, causing significant damages across several outer islands but namely Cat Island.
Although several homes across these islands were significantly damaged or obliterated; there was no reported loss of lives.
So how safe is it to travel to the Bahamas during the hurricane season?
Tourists can also take comfort in the fact that Bahamas hoteliers have instituted a policy which guarantees an immediate refund for anyone who cancels a reservation during a hurricane episode. If you are already arrived, then you’ll receive a special low rate compensation.
Of course, it is also wise to keep up to date with the current weather forecasts to find out if a hurricane or tropical storm will be affecting the Bahamas during your visit.
Still if you happen to be in the Bahamas or anywhere else during a hurricane, it is wise to be aware of a few helpful hurricane preparedness tips:
If you are on a cruise destined for the Bahamas during the hurricane season, you need not be too worried as cruise ships will change their itineraries whenever there are any inclement weather threats.
So there you have it, a bit of vital info regarding the Bahamas hurricane season. Travel safe and do have yourselves a blast when you get to the Bahamas!
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