Hurricane Irene (1999)

Category 2 Atlantic hurricane in 1999

Hurricane Irene was an Atlantic tropical cyclone. The storm caused heavy damage across Florida and North Carolina in October 1999.[1] Irene developed in the western Caribbean Sea on October 13 from a tropical wave.

Hurricane Irene
Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Irene before landfall
FormedOctober 13, 1999
DissipatedOctober 24, 1999
(Extratropical after October 19, 1999)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 110 mph (175 km/h)
Lowest pressure958 mbar (hPa); 28.29 inHg
Fatalities3 direct, 15 indirect
Damage$800 million (2011 USD)
Areas affectedCuba, Bahamas, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia
Part of the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season

Irene was a wet hurricane for Florida, similar to many hurricanes of the 1930s and 1940s. In North Carolina and Virginia, the storm produced heavy rainfall of more than 10 inches.

Irene caused 18 deaths and $800 million in damage in the United States.


  1. "Hurricane Irene 1999". The National Hurricane Center. Archived from the original on August 15, 2000. Retrieved Oct 5, 2016.