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.