Hurricane Carmen

Category 4 Atlantic hurricane in 1974

Hurricane Carmen was the strongest hurricane of the year 1974. The storm went across the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula and then cut across the state of Louisiana. She was at a strong Category 4 strength during her life.

Hurricane Carmen
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Black-and-white image of Hurricane Carmen near the Yucatán Peninsula
Hurricane Carmen as a Category 4 storm on September 1
FormedAugust 29, 1974
DissipatedSeptember 10, 1974
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 150 mph (240 km/h)
Gusts: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure928 mbar (hPa); 27.4 inHg
Fatalities8 total
Damage$162 million (1974 USD)
Areas affectedPuerto Rico, Yucatán Peninsula, Louisiana, other U.S. states
Part of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season