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Hurricane Four
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
1928 Okeechobee Hurricane Analysis 13 Sep.jpg
Surface weather analysis of the storm nearing Puerto Rico
Formed September 6, 1928 (1928-09-06)
Dissipated September 21, 1928 (1928-09-21)
(Extratropical after September 19)
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure ≤ 929 mbar (hPa); 27.43 inHg
Fatalities 4,000+
Damage $100 million (1928 USD, $1.4 billion in 2017)
Areas affected Lesser Antilles, Guadeloupe, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, United States East Coast, Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1928 Atlantic hurricane season

The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, also called the San Felipe hurricane, was a very devastating tropical cyclone. Almost 4,100 people died in the northeast Caribbean, Puerto Rico and from southeast Florida to North Carolina. This hurricane had wind close to Category 5 level when it hit Puerto Rico, when it was also a large hurricane. Over 2,000 people died in the United States, making the storm one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history at that time. It struck Florida at Category 4 levels.

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