Topic Guide to Hurricanes

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Significant Dates

1855 - September, Middle Gulf Shore Hurricane (category 3)
1886 - August, Last Island Hurricane (category 4)
1860 - Louisiana hit with hurricanes in August, September, and October
1865 - September, Sabine River Hurricane (category 2)
1867 - October, Galveston Hurricane hits Louisiana as category 2 storm
1877 - September, category 1 storm recorded
1879 - August, category 1 storm recorded; September, category 3 storm recorded
1893 - Cheniere Caminada Hurricane (category 4), also known as The Great October Storm, devastates Cheniere Caminada and surrounding areas, resulting in approx. 2,000 deaths
1909 - September, Grand Isle Hurricane (category 3) batters Gulf Coast
1915 - September, New Orleans Hurricane (category 4) makes landfall near Grand Isle bringing widespread destruction to southern Louisiana; an estimated 275 killed
1918 - Lake Charles and surrounding areas struck by intense category 3 hurricane

Suggested Search Terms

hurricane, storm, new orleans hurricane, october storm, september storm

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