Hurricane Gloria

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Hurricane Gloria
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
A view of Hurricane Gloria from Space on September 25. The intense storm features a small eye and large convective bands.
Hurricane Gloria near peak intensity to the northeast of the Bahamas on September 24
FormedSeptember 16, 1985
DissipatedOctober 2, 1985
(Extratropical after September 28)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure919 mbar (hPa); 27.14 inHg
Fatalities14 total
Damage$900 million (1985 USD)
Areas affectedNorth Carolina, Mid-Atlantic states, Long Island, New England, Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1985 Atlantic hurricane season

Timeline[change | change source]

Hurricane Gloria was an Atlantic tropical cyclone in September 1985. The storm was the first major storm to affect Long Island and New York directly since Hurricane Donna 25 years before.

The storm started as a tropical depression on September 16; it became Tropical Storm Gloria on September 17.[1]

On September 18, it weakened back to a tropical depression. Two days later, it became a tropical storm again.

After being a weak tropical cyclone for several days, on September 22, Gloria became a hurricane. It quickly became stronger on September 24; the next day, its winds peaked at 145 mph. A 2008 reanalysis later found the winds had been even stronger.[2]

On September 27, the hurricane struck eastern North Carolina as a Category 2 storm. It then moved up the East Coast of the United States. Later that day, the storm struck western Long Island, with winds of 85 mph. One hour after striking Long Island, it hit near Westport, Connecticut.

Gloria moved northeast through Atlantic Canada.

Damages[change | change source]

Damage from the storm was $900 million.

The death toll from the storm was fourteen.

Naming[change | change source]

The name Gloria was later retired and replaced with Grace.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tropical Cyclones of 1985" (PDF). NOAA. Retrieved Feb 1, 2018.
  2. "Ten U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes" (PDF). NOAA. Retrieved Feb 1, 2018.