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Hurricane Carla
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Carla Satellite.JPG
Satellite image of Hurricane Carla on September 10.
FormedSeptember 3, 1961
DissipatedSeptember 16, 1961
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure931 mbar (hPa); 27.49 inHg
Fatalities43 direct
Damage$325 million (1961 USD)
Areas affectedYucatán Peninsula, Texas, parts of the Central United States
Part of the 1961 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Carla was one of two Category 5 tropical cyclones. It hit the Texas shore in the 1961 Atlantic hurricane season as a Category 4 hurricane, becoming one of the most powerful storms to ever strike the United States. Hurricane Carla was the second strongest storm to ever hit the Texas shore. The storm caused over $2 billion (2005 US dollars) in damages, but because over 500,000 people who lived there moved out only 43 were killed. view more...