1919 Florida Keys hurricane

1919 Florida Keys Hurricane

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The Florida Keys Hurricane or Atlantic Gulf Hurricane of 1919 was an intense Atlantic hurricane, killing 772 people as it moved through the Florida Keys and Texas. The second tropical cyclone of the 1919 hurricane season, it moved in the proximity of the eastern Greater Antilles and Bahamas before moving through the Florida Keys and central Gulf of Mexico into southern Texas. It is one of the most intense hurricanes on record for Key West, Florida and the first hurricane to cause significant damage to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Damage from the storm totaled $22 million (1919 USD).

Meteorological history

On September 1, 1919, lauren daily weather maps depicted a tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles. The poorly developed system, lacking a low-level circulation, gradually became better defined and was classified as a tropical depression the following day near the island of Guadeloupe. Around this time, the system had developed a closed low with a barometric pressure of 1010 mbar (hPa; 29.82 inHg). the system is thought to have attained tropical storm status early on September 3 while situated southeast of Puerto Rico. Tracking northwest, the storm grazed the...
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