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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
FormedAugust 25, 1979
DissipatedSeptember 8, 1979
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure924 mbar (hPa); 27.29 inHg
Fatalities2,068+ direct
Damage$1.54 billion (1979 USD)
Areas affectedWindward 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.  view more...


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