1928 Okeechobee hurricane

Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in 1928
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The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, also called the San Felipe hurricane, was a very bad tropical cyclone. Almost 4,100 people died in the northeast Caribbean, Puerto Rico and southeast Florida to North Carolina. This hurricane had wind close to Category 5 level when it hit Puerto Rico, when it was also a large hurricane. Over 2,500 people died in the United States, making the storm one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history at that time. It struck Florida at Category 4 levels.[1][2]

Hurricane Four
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Surface weather analysis of the storm nearing Puerto Rico
FormedSeptember 6, 1928 (1928-09-06)
DissipatedSeptember 21, 1928 (1928-09-21)
(Extratropical after September 19)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure≤ 929 mbar (hPa); 27.43 inHg
Damage$100 million (1928 USD, $1.4 billion in 2017)
Areas affectedLesser Antilles, Guadeloupe, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, United States East Coast, Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1928 Atlantic hurricane season

The hurricane hit the coast in Palm Beach County, Florida and damaged many buildings. But then it went inland. It caused the waters of Lake Okeechobee to rise ten feet. The lake flooded 75 miles of Florida. Because people were not prepared for the flood, many died. Dead bodies lay in the hot Florida sun for days.[1] Sometimes whole families were killed, so no one was left to identify the bodies.[2]

After the hurricane, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a large dike near Lake Okechobee to stop future floods.[2]

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane
Formed August 3
Dissipated September 6
Highest winds 160 mph
Areas Affected Lesser Antilles Puerto Rico

Hispaniola Bahamas Florida

Georgia the Carolinas.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Nick Merianosi (September 16, 2020). "1928 Okeechobee Hurricane: Florida's Deadliest Natural Disaster". Bay News 9. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nicole Sterghos Brochu (September 14, 2003). "Florida's forgotten storm: The Hurricane of 1928". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved February 8, 2021.