It’s October, but that doesn’t mean hurricane season is over

It’s October, but that doesn’t mean hurricane season is over
Louisiana October hurricanes: 1851 to 2019 (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - It’s October, and that means we’re on the down slope of tropical landfall threats for Louisiana based on the historical record. However, don’t think that October is not a potentially active and dangerous month for the Bayou State.

Ten hurricanes have impacted Louisiana during October based on NOAA/NHC records dating back to 1851. Since then, two major hurricanes have struck Louisiana during October, including the Chenier Caminada Hurricane of 1893. That Category 4 monster resulted in as many as 2,000 fatalities across southeast Louisiana.

Louisiana October hurricanes: 1851 to 2019
Louisiana October hurricanes: 1851 to 2019 (Source: WAFB)

For those of you that remember 1964′s Hilda, a recent reanalysis of that storm by NOAA/NHC experts resulted in a downgrading of Hilda’s intensity from a Category 4 major hurricane to a Category 2.

Nate in 2017 is the most recent October hurricane to strike Louisiana, yet 1985′s Juan may be the most memorable of recent October storms. With its pretzel-like track along and near the Louisiana coast, Juan is the second latest tropical system to strike Louisiana and the only tropical system to claim two Louisiana landfalls: the first near Morgan City on Oct. 29 and a second landfall as the storm crossed Plaquemines Parish on Oct. 31.

The bottom line is don’t let your guard down! Stay weather aware with WAFB’s First Alert Weather app.

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