Hurricane Agnes

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Hurricane Agnes
Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Hurricane Agnes approaching Florida
Formed June 14, 1972
Dissipated June 25, 1972
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
85 mph (140 km/h)
Lowest pressure 977 mbar (hPa); 28.85 inHg
Fatalities 130 direct
Damage $3 billion (1972 USD)
Areas affected Yucatán Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York
Part of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Agnes was a Category 1 hurricane in the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. Agnes affected many states, but the worst was in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. The name "Agnes" was one of five Category 1 hurricanes to get its name retired. ("Cesar", "Klaus", "Noel", and "Stan" were the others). At the time Hurricane Agnes was the costliest hurricane in the United States and the Atlantic Ocean. Agnes killed 130 people and caused $3 billion (USD) in damage. In 2009, that would have cost $15.7 billion (USD). As Agnes moved over the United States it caused a tornado outbreak. About 28 tornadoes were seen.

Retirement[change | change source]

See also: List of retired Atlantic hurricane names

Because of the high damage and high number of people killed, the name "Agnes" was retired. There was no name to be used instead of Agnes, because the list changed in 1979.