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Hurricanes of the past

Hurricane Paloma (Nov. 8, 2008)
Hurricane Paloma hit Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with 140 mph winds resulting in extensive property damage, some injuries, but no deaths.

Hurricane Ivan (Sept. 11-12, 2004)
Hurricane Ivan tracked just to the south of Grand Cayman with winds of 155 mph. Storm surge was estimated at 8 to 10 feet. Many homes and businesses were severely damaged, with two deaths.

Hurricane Michelle (Nov. 3, 2001)
Hurricane Michelle passed 130 miles away, but waves caused significant damage to coastal homes.

Hurricane Gilbert (Sept. 13, 1988)
Hurricane Gilbert caused no loss of life, but did severely damage crops, pastures, and trees. Some homes were also damaged.

Hurricane Allen (Aug. 6, 1980)
Hurricane Allen pounded Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with winds of 135 miles per hour. There were no casualties, but 17 houses were damaged and 70 percent of the utility poles were down. Several government buildings and hotels were also damaged.

Hurricane Fox (Oct. 24, 1952)
Hurricane Fox hit Cayman with 120 miles per hour wind while moving up from the south.

Not named (Oct. 16-17, 1944)
The velocity of the wind was estimated at 100 miles per hour. Extensive damage to homes and government building was recorded. The government wharf at West Bay was destroyed and there was a large amount of destruction to the waterfront streets of Bodden Town. All crops were completely destroyed. The schooners Albion, Gravina, Armistice and Kirksons were wrecked.

Not named (Sept. 28, 1935)
Houses destroyed on Cayman Brac.

Not named (Nov. 7-8, 1932)
Known as the hurricane of 1932, 109 lives were lost and almost every home on Cayman Brac was demolished. It began at 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 and lasted 52 hours. The wind velocity was estimated to be around 150 to 200 miles per hour, but it was the storm surge and waves that claimed most of the lives.

(Information courtesy of Hazard Management Cayman Islands)

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