1928 Okeechobee hurricane facts for kids
|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||September 6, 1928|
|Dissipated||September 21, 1928|
|(Extratropical after September 19)|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||≤ 929 mbar (hPa); 27.43 inHg|
|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.
- Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale, showing the difference between different categories of hurricanes
Images for kids
Hurricane-force winds drove this 10-foot (3 m) piece of 2x4 lumber through a palm tree in Puerto Rico.
Historical marker at the mass grave in West Palm Beach
A sign advertising the completion of the Hoover Dike
In Spanish: Huracán San Felipe II para niños
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