Carmen was the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the deadliest storm to hit Mexico in over 50 years, killing more than 1,000 people and causing millions of dollars in damage in the region. It remains the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast since Tropical Storm Donna in 1961. Carmen is no longer listed on the Atlantic hurricane database.
About Hurricane Carmen in brief
Hurricane Carmen was the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season. Carmen originated as a tropical disturbance that emerged from Africa toward the end of August. The storm moved through the Caribbean Sea, and in an environment conducive to intensification, it quickly strengthened to its initial peak intensity as a Category 4 hurricane. Upon entering the Gulf of Mexico, Carmen turned northward and re-intensified as it approached the United States. Initially threatening the major city of New Orleans, it veered westward and made landfall on the marshland of southern Louisiana, eventually dissipating over eastern Texas on September 10. Throughout its course, the hurricane killed 8 people and caused USD 162 million in damage. Due to the severity of the storm, the name Carmen was retired from the list of Atlantic tropical cyclones names. The name Carmen is now used for a tropical storm that forms in the eastern Pacific Ocean in the summer of each year. It is also the name of a tropical depression that formed east of the Lesser Antilles on August 29, which became a hurricane on August 30. The cyclone was named Carmen by the National Hurricane Center on September 1. It was the first storm to be named after a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean in more than 40 years.
It caused significant crop damage and killed several people in the Yucatán Peninsula. Carmen also caused substantial losses to the sugar industry, which suffered a loss of more than $100 million. It dissipated on September 10, 1974, and is no longer listed on the Atlantic hurricane database. The hurricane was the deadliest storm to hit Mexico in over 50 years, killing more than 1,000 people and causing millions of dollars in damage in the region. It also caused significant damage in Belize, where it was the only hurricane to make landfall in the country since the mid-1970s. It remains the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast since Tropical Storm Donna in 1961. It has also been the most destructive hurricane to strike the United Kingdom in the early 1980s, with winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) in some areas. Carmen is the only storm to have been named after an African weather disturbance, which formed in the middle of August and moved westward through the Atlantic. It became a tropical hurricane on September 2, 1974. It then drifted inland, deteriorating to a tropical Storm on September 3.