Hurricane Danny (1997)

Category 1 Atlantic hurricane in 1997

Hurricane Danny was a hurricane in United States. It was the only hurricane to make landfall in the United States during the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the second hurricane and fourth tropical storm of the season.[1]

Hurricane Danny
Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
A view of Hurricane Danny from Space on July 19, 1997. Danny is at its peak intensity, and is approaching landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Florida peninsula is seen on the eastern side of the image.
FormedJuly 16, 1997
DissipatedJuly 27, 1997
(Extratropical after July 26)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 80 mph (130 km/h)
Lowest pressure984 mbar (hPa); 29.06 inHg
Fatalities4 direct, 5 indirect
Damage$100 million (1997 USD)
Areas affectedLouisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Massachusetts
Part of the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season

Like the previous four tropical or subtropical cyclones of the season, Danny did not start in the tropics. A trough caused convection that entered the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Danny was guided northeast through the Gulf of Mexico by two high pressure areas, a rare occurrence in the middle of July.[2]

After making landfall on the Gulf Coast,[3] Danny moved across the southeastern United States. It later affected parts of New England with rain and wind.[4]

Danny is notable for its extreme rainfall, the tornadoes generated by it, and the destruction it caused. It killed nine people. It caused $100 million (1997 USD, $169 million 2022 USD) in damage. The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall for Alabama. At least 36.71 inches (932 mm) fell on Dauphin Island. Flooding, power outages, and erosion occurred in many areas of the Gulf Coast.[5]

Of the nine deaths caused by Danny, one happened off the coast of Alabama, four occurred in Georgia, two occurred in South Carolina, and two occurred in North Carolina.


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  2. Liu, Maofeng; Smith, James A. (2016). "Extreme Rainfall from Landfalling Tropical Cyclones in the Eastern United States: Hurricane Irene (2011)". Journal of Hydrometeorology. 17 (11): 2883–2904. ISSN 1525-755X.
  3. Longshore, David (2008). Encyclopedia of hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones (New ed.). New York: Facts on File. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-1-4381-1879-6. OCLC 299156625.
  4. US Department of Commerce, NOAA. "Hurricane Danny - July 19, 1997". Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  5. Louisiana Weather & Climate. Vega. Jones & Bartlett Learning. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7637-9162-9. OCLC 646112368.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)