Hurricane Hortense

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Hurricane Hortense
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Hortense near peak intensity
FormedSeptember 3, 1996
DissipatedSeptember 16, 1996
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 140 mph (220 km/h)
Lowest pressure935 mbar (hPa); 27.61 inHg
Fatalities39 direct
Damage$158 million (1996 USD)
Areas affectedGuadeloupe, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland
Part of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Hortense cut across Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in September of 1996. The storm took next to 40 lives and did $139 million in damage. The storm also affected portions of eastern Canada, striking southeastern Nova Scotia as a Category 1 hurricane. The name Hortense was later retired.