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Hurricane Juan

By Richard G. Henning (Elgin AFB)

Part of a hyperactive 1985 Gulf of Mexico season which saw a total of 4 storms threaten the Panhandle (Hurricane Danny also threatened the area in July as well before striking Louisiana southwest of New Orleans). Juan was a minimal (Category 1) hurricane which stalled and looped south of the Louisiana bayou country. This allowed the storm to dump excessive rainfall which flooded much of southern Lousiana resulting in over $1.5 billion in damage (at the time, it made this the 8th costliest hurricane in U.S. history (14th costliest in today's dollars). Juan then weakened to a tropical storm and merged with a frontal system as it came ashore near Pensacola.

Source: Richard G. Henning, Staff Meteorologist, 46th Weather Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL.


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Track of Juan.

Courtesy of NOAA

Date(s): November 16-23, 1985

Location: Gulf of Mexico

Deaths: 97


Damage: $1.5B

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