Hurricane Carmen

Category 4 Atlantic hurricane in 1974

Hurricane Carmen was the strongest hurricane of 1974. The storm went across the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula and then cut across Louisiana. The hurricane peaked at 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