Hurricane Betsy

Category 4 Atlantic hurricane in 1965

Hurricane Betsy was a strong hurricane of the 1965 Atlantic hurricane season which caused a lot of damage in the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana. Betsy made its most strongest landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River, causing major flooding of the waters of Lake Pontchartrain into New Orleans; at the time it was the costliest hurricane in the history of the United States, and, as the first hurricane to cause over a billion dollars in damages, earned the nickname "Billion-Dollar Betsy". It first hit the Lesser Ahtilles then Miami and New Orleans. 75 people died.

Hurricane Betsy
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Betsy in the Gulf of Mexico
FormedAugust 27, 1965
DissipatedSeptember 14, 1965
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 155 mph (250 km/h)
Lowest pressure941 mbar (hPa); 27.79 inHg
Damage$1.42 billion (1965 USD)
Areas affectedWindward Islands, Bahamas, south Florida and Florida Keys, Louisiana, inland Southern United States
Part of the 1965 Atlantic hurricane season