Hurricane Michelle

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Hurricane Michelle
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Michelle at peak intensity on November 4
FormedOctober 29, 2001
DissipatedNovember 6, 2001
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 140 mph (220 km/h)
Lowest pressure933 mbar (hPa); 27.55 inHg
Fatalities17 direct, 26 missing
Damage$2 billion (2001 USD)
Areas affectedNicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Florida, Bahamas
Part of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Michelle was one of only four category 4 hurricanes in November. Hurricane Michelle was also the strongest hurricane of 2001. The hurricane was likely the second strongest hurricane to strike Cuba. Michelle was at its top winds when it struck Cuba, but when it left Cuba it was only a category 1 hurricane. Michelle also struck Nicaragua as a depression and the Bahamas as a category 1 hurricane. Hurricane Michelle left $25 billion in damage and killed about 35 people.

Retirement[change | change source]

The name Michelle was retired Because of the damage it caused. The name Melissa was first used in 2007, instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

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