Special Report

Most Powerful Hurricanes of All Time

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20. Hurricane Lenny (November, 1999)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 933
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 135 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Eastern Caribbean islands, Leeward and Windward islands

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19. Hurricane Joan (October, 1988)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 932
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: North coast of South America, Central America, Curacao, Guajira Peninsula of Colombia

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18. 1916 Texas Hurricane (August, 1916)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 932
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 115 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 115 mph
> Affected area: Caribbean islands, southeastern Texas

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17. 2nd Hurricane of 1880 Season (August, 1880)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 931
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Southeastern Texas

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16. Hurricane Floyd (September, 1999)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 930
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 105 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 135 mph
> Affected area: Bahamas, North Carolina, mid-Atlantic states, New England

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15. Hurricane Donna (September, 1960)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 930
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 125 mph
> Affected area: Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Leeward Islands, mid-Atlantic states, New England, Florida

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14. “The Great Miami Hurricane” (September, 1926)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 930
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Turks Island, Bahamas, Florida, Louisiana

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13. “The Great Okeechobee Hurricane” (September, 1928)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 929
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 125 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 140 mph
> Affected area: Leeward Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Florida

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12. Hurricane Wilma (October, 2005)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 927
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 160 mph
> Affected area: Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, eastern Mexico, Florida

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11. “The Florida Keys Hurricane” (September, 1919)
> Minimum pressure millibars: 927
> Max. wind speed at landfall: 130 mph
> Max. wind speed measured: 130 mph
> Affected area: Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Florida Keys, southeastern Texas