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Hurricane Iris
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Iris near peak intensity shortly before landfall in Belize on October 8
Formed October 4, 2001
Dissipated October 9, 2001
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure 948 mbar (hPa); 27.99 inHg
Fatalities 36 direct
Damage $250 million (2001 USD)
Areas affected Windward Islands, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, eastern Mexico
Part of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Iris was the third major hurricane of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Iris was also the second storm of 2001 to strike Belize. Iris was a category 4 hurricane when it struck Belize, but damage was rather low. It is likely because Iris weakened very quickly over land. People were thinking that Iris would cross Central America without dying and would keep the name Iris. This did not happen, Iris weakened over land very fast and died. Iris did however reformed in the Pacific Ocean, it was given a new name, Manuel. Iris left $150 million in damage and killed 49 people.


The name Iris was retired anyway. In 2007 the name Ingrid was used instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

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

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