Hurricane Floyd

Category 4 Atlantic hurricane in 1999

Hurricane Floyd was the strongest, costliest, and deadliest hurricane of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. Floyd, at first looked as if it were headed for Florida as a category 4 hurricane. It was about twice as large as Hurricane Andrew, which if Floyd struck Florida it could have caused even more damage than Andrew. Instead of striking Florida, Floyd struck North Carolina and caused flooding from North Carolina up to some states in New England. Floyd left $4.5 billion in damage from Florida to Maine. Floyd also killed about 76-86 people in the United States. One person was also killed in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Floyd
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
A view of Hurricane Floyd from Space on September 13, 1999. The storm is mature and well-defined, with a pronounced eye feature. Floyd is located over the Atlantic Ocean, and to the north and east of Cuba and Florida, respectively.
Hurricane Floyd at peak intensity on September 13 north of the Dominican Republic
FormedSeptember 7, 1999 (1999-09-07)
DissipatedSeptember 19, 1999
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 155 mph (250 km/h)
Lowest pressure921 mbar (hPa); 27.2 inHg
Fatalities57 direct, 20–30 indirect
Damage$4.5 billion (1999 USD)
Areas affectedThe Bahamas, U.S. East Coast from Florida to Maine (particularly North Carolina), Atlantic Canada
Part of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season

Retirement change

The name Floyd got retired in the Spring of 2000. The name Franklin was used in 2005 instead.