Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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70. Hurricane Bret (August, 1999)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 951
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Texas, Mexico

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69. Hurricane Gracie (September, 1959)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 951
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, Carolinas, Virginia

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68. Hurricane Irene (August, 2011)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 90 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 105 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, Mid-Atlantic states, New England

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67. Hurricane Igor (September, 2010)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 75 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean, Bermuda, U.S. East Coast, eastern Canada

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66. Hurricane Jeanne (September, 2004)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 105 mph
> Affected area: Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, southeastern U.S.

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65. Hurricane Edna (September, 1954)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 95 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 110 mph
> Affected area: North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine

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64. 1942 Matagorda Hurricane (August, 1942)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 100 mph
> Affected area: Eastern Mexico, southeastern Texas

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63. 1916 Gulf Coast Hurricane (July, 1916)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 105 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern U.S.

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62. 1854 Savannah Hurricane (September, 1854)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 950
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 110 mph
> Affected area: Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia

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61. Hurricane Michelle (November, 2001)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 949
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 120 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 120 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Caribbean islands, Florida Keys