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The Great Hurricane of 1780

Simply known in English as the Great
Hurricane of 1780, this category 5 beast is
the deadliest hurricane on record. It
predates when records offi cially began in
1851, so there’s no exact data. It’s likely
though that its wind speed exceeded 320
kilometres (200 miles) per hour and it
devastated the relatively unprepared parts
of the Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.
Casualties include fl eets of British and
French ships that were vying for control of
the region as a part of the American
Revolution. It’s likely it formed in the
eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean picking
up strength as it approached Barbados.

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