Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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60. 1945 Homestead Hurricane (September, 1945)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 949
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, Florida, Georgia, Carolinas

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59. 1944 Cuba-Florida Hurricane (October, 1944)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 949
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: North Carolina, Long Island, New England, eastern Canada

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58. 1917 Nueva Gerona Hurricane (September, 1917)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 949
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Florida Panhandle

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57. The Pensacola Hurricane of 1882 (September, 1882)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 949
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 110 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Florida, Louisiana

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56. Hurricane Frances (September, 2004)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 948
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Leeward Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Florida, North Carolina

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55. Hurricane Iris (October, 2001)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 948
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Belize, Guatemala, Dominican Republic

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54. 1933 Treasure Coast Hurricane (September, 1933)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 948
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 120 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, Carolinas

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53. 1929 Bahamas Hurricane (September, 1929)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 948
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 100 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, Georgia, Florida

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52. 1893 Cheniere Caminada Hurricane (October, 1893)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 948
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Louisiana, Mississippi, eastern Mexico

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51. Hurricane Alex (July, 2010)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 946
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 95 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 95 mph
> Affected area: Central America, Mexico