Hurricane Donna

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Hurricane Donna
Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)
Donna over the Florida Keys
Formed August 29, 1960
Dissipated September 14, 1960
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure 930 mbar (hPa); 27.46 inHg
Fatalities 164-364 total
Damage $900 million (1960 USD)
Areas affected Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Bahamas, East Coast of the United States, Southern Quebec, Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1960 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Donna was a Cape Verde-type hurricane. It happened in 1960. It moved across the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Cuba, The Bahamas, and every state on the East Coast of the United States.

Hurricane Donna holds the record for keeping major hurricane status in the Atlantic Basin for the longest period of time. For nine days, September 2 to September 11, Donna had maximum sustained winds of at least 115 mph (185 km/h).

Hurricane Donna was a very destructive hurricane. It made a lot of damage from the Lesser Antilles to New England. At least 364 people were killed by the hurricane. Over $900 million in damage was done (1960 USD).[1]

Because of its damage and the high death amount associated with the hurricane, the name Donna was retired. It will never again be used for an Atlantic hurricane. The name was replaced by Dora in 1964.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Edward N. Rappaport and Jose Fernandez-Partagas. The Deadliest Atlantic Tropical Cyclones, 1492-1996. National Hurricane Center. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  2. "Retired Hurricane Names Since 1954". National Hurricane Center. 2009-04-22. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/retirednames.shtml. Retrieved 2011-02-21.