Hurricane Agnes facts for kids
|Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||June 14, 1972|
|Dissipated||June 25, 1972|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 85 mph (140 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||977 mbar (hPa); 28.85 inHg|
|Damage||$3 billion (1972 USD)|
|Areas affected||Yucatán Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York|
|Part of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Agnes was a Category 1 hurricane in the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. Agnes affected many states, but the worst was in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. The name "Agnes" was one of five Category 1 hurricanes to get its name retired. ("Cesar", "Klaus", "Noel", and "Stan" were the others). At the time Hurricane Agnes was the costliest hurricane in the United States and the Atlantic Ocean. Agnes killed 130 people and caused $3 billion (USD) in damage. In 2009, that would have cost $15.7 billion (USD). As Agnes moved over the United States it caused a tornado outbreak. About 28 tornadoes were seen.
- See also: List of retired Atlantic hurricane names
Because of the high damage and high number of people killed, the name "Agnes" was retired. There was no name to be used instead of Agnes, because the list changed in 1979.
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Damage in Key West, Florida, from a tornado spawned by Agnes
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