Hurricane Dog (1950)
|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||August 30, 1950|
|Dissipated||September 12, 1950|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 185 mph (295 km/h) |
|Lowest pressure||≤ 979 mbar (hPa); 28.91 inHg|
|Fatalities||14 direct, 5 indirect|
|Damage||$3 million (1950 USD)|
|Areas affected||Lesser Antilles, East Coast of the United States|
|Part of the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Dog was the strongest hurricane in the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the fourth named storm of the season. Dog began on August 30 to the east of Antigua. After passing through the northern Lesser Antilles, the storm turned to the north and became a Category 5 hurricane. Dog reached its highest strength of 185 mph (295 km/h) winds over the ocean. The hurricane weakened and passed within 200 miles (320 km) of Cape Cod before becoming extratropical on September 12.
Hurricane Dog caused high damage to the Leeward Islands, and was said to be the strongest hurricane on record in Antigua. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged on the island. In the United States, the hurricane caused damage along the coast. It damaged several boats and caused 11 people to drown. Strong winds caused large power outages across southeastern New England. Damage along Hurricane Dog's track totaled to about $3 million (1950 USD, $25.7 million 2007 USD).
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