1979 Atlantic hurricane season

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1979 Atlantic hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed June 27 1979
Last storm dissipated October 13, 1979
Strongest storm Debra – 190 mph (305 km/h) (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 2
Total storms 6
Hurricanes 4
Total fatalities 89
Total damage $4.356 billion (1979 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

The 1979 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 1979 and ended on November 30, 1979. This was an average season with 20 storms, however only 9 became tropical. This was a damaging and deadly season most of the damage was caused by Tropical Storm Claudette, Hurricane David and Hurricane Frederic. Most deaths were caused by Hurricane David.

Storms[change | change source]

  • Tropical Storm Ana
  • Hurricane Bob
  • Tropical Storm Claudette
  • Tropical Depression Four
  • Hurricane Debra
  • Hurricane Elena
  • Hurricane Frank

Storm names[change | change source]

This is the list of names that were set aside for the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season. The list is not the same as in 1973 because in 1979 male names were added to the list. Names that were not used are marked in gray.or say unused.

  • Ana
  • Bob
  • Claudette
  • Debra
  • Elena
  • Frankie
  • Gloria (unused)
  • Henri (unused)
  • Isabel (unused)
  • Juan (unused)
  • Kate (unused)
  • Larry (unused)
  • Mindy (unused)
  • Nicholas (unused)
  • Odette (unused)
  • Peter (unused)
  • Rose (unused)
  • Sam (unused)
  • Teresa (unused)
  • Victor (unused)
  • Wanda (unused)

Retired names[change | change source]

In the spring of 1980, the names, Debra and Frankie were retired and replaced with the names Danny and Fabian.

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