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Hurricane Floyd
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
A view of Hurricane Floyd from Space on September 14, 2009. The storm is mature and well-defined, with a pronounced eye feature. Floyd is located over the Bahamas, and to the north and east of Cuba and Florida, respectively.
Hurricane Floyd over The Bahamas on September 14, 1999
Formed September 7, 1999 (1999-09-07)
Dissipated September 19, 1999
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 155 mph (250 km/h)
Lowest pressure 921 mbar (hPa); 27.2 inHg
Fatalities 57 direct, 20–30 indirect
Damage $4.5 billion (1999 USD)
Areas affected The Bahamas, U.S. East Coast from Florida to Maine (particularly North Carolina), Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Floyd was the strongest, costliest, and deadliest hurricane of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. Floyd, at first looked as if it were headed for Florida as a category 4 hurricane. It was about twice as large as Hurricane Andrew, which if Floyd struck Florida it could have caused even more damage than Andrew. Instead of striking Florida, Floyd struck North Carolina and caused flooding from North Carolina up to some states in New England. Floyd left $4.5 billion in damage from Florida to Maine. Floyd also killed about 76-86 people in the United States. One person was also killed in the Bahamas.


See also: List of retired Atlantic hurricane names

The name Floyd got retired in the Spring of 2000. The name Franklin was used in 2005 instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5

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