Visiting Puerto Rico in Hurricane Season

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If you're visiting the spectacular tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, you should be aware of the possibility of sudden tropical storms, floods, and even hurricanes.

Even if a storm isn't as strong as Hurricane Maria was in 2017, you could end up spending a few days looking out from your hotel room at a rain-soaked beach. It is helpful to be prepared and learn about how the island is affected by hurricanes, especially if you are traveling during the Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico

Hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. This overlaps with peak travel dates during summer holidays for the kids and major national holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day in the U.S. Historically, many of the storms take place in September.

While there is a risk of hurricanes throughout that period, the weather is typically fine for most of the season.

Weather During Hurricane Season

Puerto Rico's hurricane season coincides with the rainy season and the island's summer. Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, the island gets at least 7 inches of rain in May, July, August, September, and November. During summer temperatures have average highs of 90 F and lows rarely dip under 70 F. Humidity levels are also high, hovering around 80 percent on average. Hurricane season lasts into Fall but temperatures and humidity levels are a bit lower than in summer.

For more detailed information about what to expect and what to pack, read our comprehensive guide to Puerto Rico's weather and climate

The Impact of Hurricanes in Puerto Rico

Even though Puerto Rico is located in the center of a busy hurricane area, the island does not often experience hurricanes, compared to other Caribbean nations. However, when a major storm does hit, it can severely impact life on the island.

Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, first made landfall in September 2017 and its effects are still being felt. Hurricane Maria caused more than $90 billion of damage and by 2020, destroyed homes were still unrepaired and the electrical grid hasn't been updated.

Even tropical storms can disrupt life in Puerto Rico. In 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias caused severe flooding and landslides, leaving 400,000 people without power and 150,000 people without water.

Considerations for Your Trip

It is up to each visitor to decide if a vacation to Puerto Rico during the hurricane season is worth the risk. Of course, it doesn't take a major hurricane to literally dampen your holiday; if you are traveling during these months you will likely experience days of rain.

If your trip takes place during hurricane season, especially during the peak between August and October, you may want to buy travel insurance. It is also helpful to download the hurricane app from the American Red Cross for storm updates and other features.

Predictions for 2022

While the predictions are not always correct, weather stations and meteorological organizations often forecast the coming hurricane season based on data from previous years. According to Dec. 9, 2021 forecasting by Colorado State University weather scientists, the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will have above-average activity without El Niño climate patterns. There is a 40 percent likelihood of 13 to 16 named storms, 6 to 8 hurricanes, and 2 to 3 major hurricanes in the Atlantic region.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • When is hurricane season in Puerto Rico?

    Hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30 in Puerto Rico.

  • When was the last hurricane in Puerto Rico?

    Hurricane Maria (2017) was the last hurricane to make landfall on Puerto Rico, but Hurricane Teddy (2020) caused major swells and rip currents.

Article Sources
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  1. NBC. "Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria." Sept. 20, 2020.

  2. Associated Press News. "Isaias causes floods, slides, then grows into hurricane." July 31, 2020.

  3. Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University. "Qualitative Discussion of Atlantic Basin Seasonal Hurricane Activity for 2022." Dec. 9, 2021.

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