Hurricane Frederic

Category 4 Atlantic hurricane in 1979

Hurricane Frederic the sixth named storm of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the third hurricane and the second major hurricane of that season. At the time, Hurricane Frederic was the costliest hurricane to hit the United States. This record was beaten in 1989, when Hurricane Hugo caused about $14 billion in damage. Many storms have beaten the record since, Frederic has fallen to about the seventeenth costliest U.S. hurricane. Frederic caused 14 deaths and $2.3 billion in damage.

Hurricane Frederic
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Frederic nearing the Alabama coast
FormedAugust 29, 1979
DissipatedSeptember 15, 1979
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 135 mph (215 km/h)
Lowest pressure943 mbar (hPa); 27.85 inHg
Fatalities5 direct, 9 indirect
Damage$2.3 billion (1979 USD)
Areas affectedLesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Cuba, Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, most of eastern North America
Part of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season

Retirement change

In the Spring of 1980 the name "Frederic" was retired because of the damage. Frederic was only the second male hurricane name to get its name retired. In 1985 Fabian was used instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5