Hurricane Carol

Category 3 North Atlantic Ocean hurricane in 1954

Hurricane Carol was one of the worst hurricanes in New England, which is in United States. Carol formed from a tropical wave near the Bahamas on August 25, 1954.

Hurricane Carol
Category 3 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Storm surge from Carol in Edgewood, Rhode Island
FormedAugust 25, 1954
DissipatedSeptember 1, 1954
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Lowest pressure957 mbar (hPa); 28.26 inHg
Fatalities68 direct
Damage$460 million (1954 USD)
Areas affectedBahamas, North Carolina, New York, New England, southern Quebec
Part of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season

Carol was like the New England Hurricane of 1938. Both were fast-moving storms. They also both hit the same area.[1] Carol was the most damaging United States hurricane at the time.[2]



Hurricane Carol was later retired (meaning it was not used for any more hurricanes afterwards) due to the impact in New England. The name "Carol" was the first name to be retired from the Atlantic hurricane name lists.


  1. Michael A Grammatico (2003). "Hurricane Carol - August 31, 1954". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  2. Eric S. Blake, Jerry D. Jarrell, Max Mayfield, and Edward N. Rappapor (2005). "The Costliest United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2004" (PDF). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 6 November 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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