Obama Longest-Serving President With No Major Hurricane Strike

By Barbara Hollingsworth | January 23, 2017 | 5:29pm EST
Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the last major hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. (NASA)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama was the longest-serving president in U.S. history to have no major hurricanes strike the continental U.S. during his term of office, according to data published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Tuesday marks an unprecedented 11 years and three months since a major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 or above on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, made landfall in the U.S.

The last major hurricane to do so was Hurricane Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005 under President George W. Bush.

In the eight years between Inauguration Day 2009, when Obama was first sworn-in as the nation’s 44th president, and Inauguration Day 2017, when he relinquished the presidency to his successor, Donald Trump, no major hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., according to data from the NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division going back to 1851.

In 2011, Hurricane Irene came ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm.

In 2012, Category 1 Hurricane Isaac struck the southern coast of Louisiana in August, followed by Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into New York that October. Although both storms caused billions of dollars in damage, they were both at Category 1 strength when they made landfall.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew started off as the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since Hurricane Felix in 2007. But after battering Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas and killing up to 1,000 people, the dangerous storm lost steam as it headed for the U.S.

Matthew came ashore in South Carolina on Oct. 8, 2016 as a Category 1 hurricane, although it was still responsible for dozens of deaths in the U.S.

Only four chief executives since 1851 have not had a major hurricane strike the U.S. on their watch: Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865); Andrew Johnson (1865-1869); James Garfield (who served only six months prior to his assassination in 1881); and Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893).

But none of them were in office as long as Obama.

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