Hurricane Agnes

Category 1 Atlantic hurricane in 1972

Hurricane Agnes was a Category 1 hurricane in the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. Agnes affected many states, but the worst was in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. The name "Agnes" was one of five Category 1 hurricanes to get its name retired. ("Cesar", "Klaus", "Noel", and "Stan" were the others). At the time Hurricane Agnes was the costliest hurricane in the United States and the Atlantic Ocean. Agnes killed 130 people and caused $3 billion (USD) in damage. In 2009, that would have cost $15.7 billion (USD). As Agnes moved over the United States it caused a tornado outbreak. About 28 tornadoes were seen.

Hurricane Agnes
Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Agnes approaching Florida
FormedJune 14, 1972
DissipatedJune 25, 1972
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 85 mph (140 km/h)
Lowest pressure977 mbar (hPa); 28.85 inHg
Fatalities130 direct
Damage$3 billion (1972 USD)
Areas affectedYucatán Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York
Part of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season



Because of the high damage and high number of people killed, the name "Agnes" was retired. There was no name to be used instead of Agnes, because the list changed in 1979.