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Hurricane David
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane David Aug 31 1979 1700Z.jpg
Hurricane David at peak intensity near landfall in Hispaniola on August 31
Formed August 25, 1979
Dissipated September 8, 1979
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure 924 mbar (hPa); 27.29 inHg
Fatalities 2,068+ direct
Damage $1.54 billion (1979 USD)
Areas affected Windward Islands, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, most of eastern North America
Part of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane David was the strongest and deadliest hurricane of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season, but not the costliest. This hurricane caused a lot of damage as it slammed into Dominican Republic as a category 5 hurricane and was it struck Florida as a category 2 hurricane. Hurricane David killed 2,068 and caused over $1.5 billion in damage.


Because it killed so many people in Dominican Republic, the name David was retired. This was the first male name retired in the Atlantic Ocean. Meaning, David will never be used as a name of a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. The name Danny replaced it in 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003, and 2009. The name Danny is also on the list in 2015. Hurricane David was a very strong hurricane killing many.

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