Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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40. Hurricane Gustav (August, 2008)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 941
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 135 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Haiti, Cuba, and Louisiana

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39. Hurricane Dennis (July, 2005)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 941
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 120 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Windward Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, western Florida

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38. Hurricane Charley (August, 2004)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 941
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, Cuba, Florida, Carolinas, Virginia

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37. Great New England Hurricane (September, 1938)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 941
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 140 mph
> Affected area: Long Island, New England

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36. Hurricane Joaquin (October, 2015)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 940
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands

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35. 1948 Miami Hurricane (September, 1948)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 940
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Cuba, Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda

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34. 1933 Cuba-Brownsville Hurricane (September, 1933)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 940
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 110 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 140 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, Cuba, southeastern Texas

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33. 1915 Galveston Hurricane (August, 1915)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 940
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Greater Antilles, southeastern Texas

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32. Hurricane Hazel (October, 1954)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 938
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Windward Islands, Haiti, Bahamas, U.S. East Coast, Canada,

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31. Hurricane Unnamed (October, 1898)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 938
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Georgia, Florida