Tropical Storm Claudette (1979)

Atlantic tropical storm in 1979

Tropical Storm Claudette was a very destructive tropical storm in late July 1979. The storm cut across Puerto Rico, killing one. She then struck eastern Texas and left behind incredible flooding that caused almost $400 million in damage. Claudette was the first of three destructive tropical cyclones in 1979 Atlantic season.

Tropical Storm Claudette
Tropical storm (SSHWS/NWS)
Tropical Storm Claudette
FormedJuly 15, 1979
DissipatedJuly 29, 1979
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 60 mph (95 km/h)
Lowest pressure997 mbar (hPa); 29.44 inHg
Fatalities2 direct
Damage$400 million (1979 USD)
Areas affectedLeeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba,
Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio Valley, Kentucky, Virginia
Part of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season