1780 Hurricane : 200 MPH Winds

The deadliest Atlantic hurricane occurred on October 14, 1780. It had 200+ MPH winds, stripped the bark off trees, and left no houses standing.

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/data_sub/perez_11_20.pdf

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3 Responses to 1780 Hurricane : 200 MPH Winds

  1. John F. Hultquist says:

    Considering the lack of technology for that time, folks have gathered much information from amid the destruction.

    Current texts seemed to have dropped references to an earthquake.

    This is interesting (from Wikipedia):

    Coming in the midst of the American Revolution, the storm caused heavy losses to the British fleet contesting for control of the area, largely weakening British control over the Atlantic.

  2. Bill Sumner says:

    NOAA has now downgraded it to merely a tropical storm. Just like they upgraded a recent tropical storm to a class 5 hurricane. All based on their adjusted historic wind vane records

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey Bill! Obviously the thousands of victims of the 1780 storm died because they were too ignorant to realize they were only experiencing a minor storm.

      Sigh… I probably should not wax sarcastic over so many deaths, not even after 239 years. On the other hand, I was about 60 or 70 miles off the track of Super Dupper Mega-deadly Hold On To Your Hats Hurricane Sandy when it roared ashore in New York. It was a fairly strong storm, but a hurricane? Not even close. All the damage I saw was a result of poorly designed infrastructure and localized stupidity.

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