DO­RIAN BY THE NUM­BERS

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It was hard to talk about Hur­ri­cane Do­rian in Beau­fort County with­out hear­ing about Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

As the South Carolina coast pre­pared for the storm’s winds and rain, ev­ery­one from lo­cal of­fi­cials to the ca­sual passerby com­pared the storm to Matthew and hoped the dam­age wouldn’t come close.

Beau­fort County was lucky. Do­rian, at one time pro­jected to make land­fall in South Carolina, bum­bled up the coast and brought rel­a­tively mild dam­age to the county Wed­nes­day night and into Thurs­day.

How did Do­rian com­pare to past storms in our area?

DO­RIAN — SEPT. 5, 2019

High­est wind speed: 67 mph at the Hil­ton Head Is­land Air­port. Do­rian was notable be­cause of how slowly the storm moved. It sat over the Ba­hamas for 36 hours and moved through South Carolina at around 10 mph.

Tallest storm surge: At Fort Pu­laski, the near­est lo­ca­tion for tidal mea­sure­ment by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, tide lev­els topped at 9.6 feet.

High­est to­tal rain­fall: 2.44 inches in Bluffton.

Clos­est storm came to county: 100 miles off­shore.

Downed trees: 87 that were block­ing road­ways in Beau­fort County.

When peak of storm hit: 2 a.m. Sept. 5

Beau­fort County power losses: 22,000 on Sept. 5.

Cat­e­gory: 3 when it passed

off­shore, but Beau­fort County saw trop­i­cal storm-force winds.

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: About three days; noon Sept. 2 to af­ter­noon of Sept. 5; Hil­ton Head bridges were never closed.

MICHAEL — OCT. 11, 2018

High­est wind speed: Gusts up to 59 mph mea­sured on Dau­fuskie Is­land.

Tallest storm surge: Although not de­fined as a “storm surge,” the high tide was about one foot higher than usual in the days lead­ing up to the storm.

High­est to­tal rain­fall: 3.28 inches in Beau­fort

Downed trees: 15 to 20, ac­cord­ing to the Beau­fort County Sher­iff’s Of­fice

Clos­est storm came to county: 150 to 200 miles in­land

When peak of storm hit: Be­tween 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 11.

Beau­fort County power losses: 15,600 peo­ple on Oct. 11.

Cat­e­gory: Trop­i­cal storm

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: None; Hil­ton Head bridges were never closed

FLORENCE — SEPT. 14, 2018

High­est wind speed: Gusts up to 71 mph were recorded at the Beau­fort Air­port

Tallest storm surge: None

High­est to­tal rain­fall: Less than one inch

Clos­est storm came to county: Florence hit the North Carolina coast and hov­ered 15 miles north­west of Myr­tle Beach be­fore turn­ing north.

When peak of storm hit: Af­ter­noon of Sept. 14 through evening Sept. 15.

Beau­fort County power losses: 808 peo­ple as of Sept. 14.

Cat­e­gory: Trop­i­cal storm

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: Just un­der 24 hours. The or­der was an­nounced Sept. 10 and was lifted for Beau­fort, Jasper and Col­leton coun­ties one hour be­fore it was sup­posed to go into ef­fect at noon Sept. 11

IRMA — SEPT. 11, 2017

High­est wind speed: 75 mph on Par­ris Is­land

Tallest storm surge: The clos­est in­stru­ment to mea­sure the surge, at Fort Pu­laski, recorded a 12.24foot surge, the sec­ond high­est on record. In Beau­fort County, un­of­fi­cially recorded amount a 8.73-foot surge at the May River.

High­est to­tal rain­fall: 7.44 inches near Pritchardv­ille

Clos­est storm came to county: Af­ter mak­ing land­fall in the Florida Keys, Irma moved north near the west Florida coast while weak­en­ing to a trop­i­cal storm be­fore mov­ing into south­west Ge­or­gia and con­tin­u­ing to weaken

When peak of storm hit: Noon on Sept. 11, 2017

Beau­fort County power losses: 37,000

Cat­e­gory: Trop­i­cal storm

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: About three days; 10 a.m. Sept. 9 to 9:15 a.m. Sept. 12

MATTHEW — OCT. 8, 2016

High­est wind speed: 88 mph on Hil­ton Head Is­land

Tallest storm surge: The clos­est in­stru­ment to mea­sure the surge, at Fort Pu­laski, recorded a 12.5foot surge, a record for that tidal gauge. In Beau­fort County, high­est un­of­fi­cially recorded amount was 8.73-foot surge at the May River.

High­est to­tal rain­fall: 14.04 inches on Hil­ton Head

Downed trees: 120,000 lost on Hil­ton Head

Clos­est storm came to county: 5 to 10 miles off­shore from Hil­ton Head Is­land

When peak of storm hit: 5 a.m. Oct. 8

Beau­fort County power losses: 80,000

Cat­e­gory: 2 (but Beau­fort County saw Cat­e­gory 1 winds on land)

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: About five days; af­ter­noon of Oct. 4 to evening of Oct. 9; Hil­ton Head bridge re­opened 2:45 p.m. Oct. 11.

HERMINE — SEPT. 2, 2016

High­est wind speed: 55 mph on Hil­ton Head Is­land

Tallest storm surge: Less than one foot

High­est to­tal rain­fall: 3 to 5 inches

Clos­est storm came to the county: 26 miles in­land

When peak of the storm hit: Morn­ing of Sept. 2, 2016

Beau­fort County power losses: 15,000

Cat­e­gory: Trop­i­cal storm

Evac­u­a­tion du­ra­tion: None

Source: The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, Is­land Packet ar­chives

Mandy Mat­ney: 843-706-8147, @MandyMat­ney Kather­ine Kokal: 843-706-8123, @katikokal

JEFF SINER [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Town of Hil­ton Head Is­land Fire & Res­cue Divi­sion personnel re­move a downed tree from a road in Hil­ton Head Plan­ta­tion dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Do­rian on Sept. 5.

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