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Hurricane Fifi during the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever in the Atlantic basin.

Fifi, only a Category 2 hurricane at its strongest skimmed the north coast of Honduras and caused enormous amounts of physical and economic damage to poor villages, small towns and commercial banana plantations when it made landfall in Honduras. Although estimates of the number killed range from 3000 to 10,000, a figure of 8,000 dead is generally accepted. Most deaths may have been caused by the flooding due to the rainfall that accompanied the hurricane.

Hurricane Fifi is usually considered the fourth deadliest hurricane in history, though uncertainty about the number of deaths caused by Fifi and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 could place it as the third deadliest ever. The name Fifi was retired following this storm.


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DISASTER DETAILS

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Date(s): September 14-22, 1974

Location: Atlantic Basin

Deaths: 8,000 (estimate)

Injuries: Unknown

Damage: $10M


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