Hurricane Bob

Category 3 Atlantic hurricane in 1991

Hurricane Bob was an Atlantic tropical cyclone during August 1991. It was one of the costliest hurricanes in the history of New England.

Hurricane Bob
Category 3 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Bob approaching New England
FormedAugust 16, 1991
DissipatedAugust 29, 1991
(Extratropical after August 20)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Lowest pressure950 mbar (hPa); 28.05 inHg
Fatalities15 direct, 2 indirect
Damage$1.5 billion (1991 USD)
Areas affectedNorth Carolina, Mid-Atlantic states, New England and Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1991 Atlantic hurricane season

The storm began from an area of low pressure near the Bahamas. The area steadily became stronger and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Bob later on August 16.

It curved to the north-northwest at first. However, after the storm became a hurricane, it turned to the north-northeast on August 17.

The track of Hurricane Bob by August 18 and 19 was similar to 1954's Hurricane Carol, another storm that affected North Carolina and New England.[1] Bob brushed eastern North Carolina on August 18 and early on the 19th.

The storm moved up the Mid Atlantic on August 19; it passed just east of Long Island. The storm then crossed Block Island, Rhode Island, and later hit near Newport that afternoon.

While Bob affected Rhode Island, the strong winds moved westward into Connecticut. In that state, winds peaked near 75 mph.

The most damage happened in Massachusetts. Total damage there was $1 billion.[2]

The storm weakened to a strong tropical storm; it then hit Maine with 70 mph winds and heavy rain.

Damage from Bob totaled $1.5 billion. Eighteen people were killed as a result of the storm.

The name Bob was retired in the spring of 1992 and replaced with Bill.


  1. "Hurricane Bob". NOAA. Retrieved Feb 1, 2018.
  2. "Storm Season is Over". Google. Retrieved Feb 1, 2018.