Hurricane Fifi (later known as Hurricane Orlene) was a catastrophic tropical cyclone that killed over 8,210 people in Honduras in September 1974 , ranking it as the third deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, only behind Hurricane Mitch in 1998, and the 1780 hurricane.
|Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||September 14, 1974|
|Dissipated||September 24, 1974|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 110 mph (175 km/h) |
|Lowest pressure||971 mbar (hPa); 28.67 inHg|
(Third-deadliest Atlantic hurricane)
|Damage||$1.8 billion (1974 USD)|
|Areas affected||Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico|
|Part of the 1974 Atlantic and|
Pacific hurricane seasons
At the time that it hit, Fifi was the worst natural disaster to ever hit Honduras. It formed off the coast of Jamaica and made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. It then weakened significantly and became a tropical storm, and then a tropical depression. It moved into the Pacific and regained strength. Fifi was a tropical cyclone that lasted for 18 hours and was renamed Orlene. Orlene then intensified into a hurricane and reached Category 2 status. Orlene made landfall in Mexico and became extratropical over the mountains.