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1986 Hurricane Season

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The 1986 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. It officially started June 1, 1986, and lasted until November 30, 1986.

Few storms in 1986 caused significant damage. Hurricane Bonnie caused heavy rains and flooding across southeast Texas when it made landfall near Sea Rim State Park. Hurricane Charley caused limited damage in North Carolina and Massachusetts, but crossed the Atlantic as an extratropical low pressure system and caused considerable damage in Ireland and Great Britain.

Atlantic hurricane seasons
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1986 storm names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the north Atlantic in 1986. No names were retired, so it was used again in the 1992 season. This is the same list used for the 1980 season except for Andrew, which replaced Allen. A storm was named Andrew for the first time in 1986. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Andrew
  • Bonnie
  • Charley
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Frances
  • Georges (unused)
  • Hermine (unused)
  • Ivan (unused)
  • Jeanne (unused)
  • Karl (unused)
  • Lisa (unused)
  • Mitch (unused)
  • Nicole (unused)
  • Otto (unused)
  • Paula (unused)
  • Richard (unused)
  • Shary (unused)
  • Tomas (unused)
  • Virginie (unused)
  • Walter (unused)


Tropical Storm Andrew

Tropical Depression One formed on June 5 north of the Bahamas. It strengthened into Tropical Storm Andrew the next day. Andrew headed along the east coast of the United States, causing riptides and high surf along the shore but little else. Andrew dissipated south of Cape Cod.

Hurricane Bonnie

Tropical Depression Two formed south of the Louisiana coast on June 23 and quickly strengthened into a hurricane. Bonnie made landfall on the upper Texas coast near High Island. Streets were flooded throughout Southeast Texas, mobile homes were destroyed, and three people were killed. Bonnie caused $1.430 million dollars in damage.

Hurricane Charley

Tropical Depression Three formed off the coast of the Florida Panhandle and moved inland. The depression moved off the coast near Savannah, Georgia and strengthened into Tropical Storm Charley. Charley moved up the South Carolina coast and strengthened into a hurricane. The hurricane moved over the Outer Banks of North Carolina and skimmed the Delmarva Peninsula and turned out to sea. Charley was responsible for five deaths and $1.015 million in damage in the U.S. Charley became extratropical in the north Atlantic, later resulting in severe weather across the British Isles on the 25 August. Abnormally large amounts of rainfall occurred, particularly in Ireland, resulting in extensive flooding. High winds caused structure damage to houses and bridges, along with large-scale uprooting of trees. In Ireland alone, the damage caused resulted in the largest insurance bill in the history of the State, of IR£25 million (€31 million).

Tropical Storm Danielle

Tropical Depression Four formed east of the Windward Islands. It strengthened into Tropical Storm Danielle near Barbados. Danielle moved across the Windward Islands, producing high winds and seas before dissipating in the central Caribbean.

Hurricane Earl

Earl was the strongest storm of the season. The storm began as Tropical Depression Five in the central Atlantic. The depression quickly strengthened and reached hurricane strength the next day. The storm peaked as a Category 2 as it made a half circle, weakened to a Category 1 and bounced back the way it came. Earl then turned north and became extratropical southeast of Newfoundland. At its peak, Earl had sustained winds of an unimpressive 103 mph and a minimum central pressure of 979 millibars.

Hurricane Frances

Tropical Depression Six formed on November 18 and quickly strengthened into a tropical storm. The storm curved northeast and strengthened further, reaching hurricane strength on the 20th of November. However, a high pressure system to the north caused the storm to fall apart. Frances was absorbed by an extratropical low on the 21st.


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