Originally Posted by a64pilot
evacuation, I lived in Richmond Hill near Savannah for a few years, and I hurri-evaced twice, and I think Savannah hasn't been hit in a century and a half?
Direct hit, yes, I think so. In 1893 a hurricane
formed south of the Cape Verde
Islands, as they do. This one came straight across the Atlantic and slammed into Savannah as a Category 3 hurricane. It killed 2000 people (the number isn't known) and sank every ship in the harbour.
NOAA says that will happen again--when the conditions are right. There's a thing called the Great Permanent North Atlantic High that covers the N Atlantic. The hurricanes curve around the bottom of this thing, and in 1893 it covered the ocean so the 'cane came straight across along its lower edge and directly into Savannah.
That being said, note the track of Erika as it crossed the ocean, the way it's similarly straight. And note, there's another 'cane forming off Africa
similarly starting on its way across.
Hurricanes have threatened Savannah and come close. NOAA counts it a hit statistically when a hurricane comes within 150(?) miles of a place.