Hurricane Diane was the first Atlantic hurricane to cause more than an estimated USD 1 billion in damage. Diane killed at least 184 people and destroyed 813 houses, with another 14,000 homes heavily damaged. It is the only hurricane to have caused more than $1 billion in damages in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The name Diane has been retired as it no longer has the same name as the storm that it was originally named.
About Hurricane Diane in brief
Hurricane Diane was the first Atlantic hurricane to cause more than an estimated USD 1 billion in damage. It formed on August 7 from a tropical wave between the Lesser Antilles and Cape Verde. On August 12, the hurricane reached peak sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Diane produced heavy rainfall in eastern Pennsylvania, causing the worst floods on record there, largely in the Poconos and along the Delaware River. The storm produced the state’s largest flood on record, which effectively split the state into two by destroying bridges and cutting communications. Diane killed at least 184 people and destroyed 813 houses, with another 14,000 homes heavily damaged. In the hurricane’s wake, eight states were declared federal disaster areas, and the name Diane was retired. The strongest winds were located in the secondary quadrant of the hurricane, where there was a minimum pressure of 62 mi (100 km) north of the eye. Diane emerged into the Atlantic Ocean southeast of New York City, becoming extratropical two days later and completely dissipating by August 23. It was one of three hurricanes to hit North Carolina during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season, the other two being Hurricane Connie and Hurricane Connie. It is the only hurricane to have caused more than $1 billion in damages in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It also produced the third highest water levels on record in Connecticut, where the Connecticut River at Hartford reached a water level of 30. 6 ft, the third largest on record. Diane also caused record-high tides and flooded rivers heavily damaged Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
In Massachusetts, flood water levels surpassed those during the 1938 Long Island hurricane, breaching multiple dams and inundating adjacent towns and roads, and about 7,000 people were injured. Diane was a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, as a strong tropical storm or category 1 hurricane on August 17, just five days after Hurricane Connie struck near the same area. Diane weakened further after moving inland, at which point the United States Weather Bureau noted a decreased threat of further destruction. Diane is the first hurricane to be classified as a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center. The name Diane has been retired after it was retired as it no longer has the same name as the storm that it was originally named in the 1950s and 1960s. It has also been known as Diane, Diane, and Diane, as well as Diane, which was a tropical depression in the 1970s and 1980s. Diane’s name was retired in the 1990s when it was no longer known as the tropical depression that formed in the 1980s and was replaced by “Diane” The storm was the third hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina in the 1955 hurricane season. The first area affected by Diane was North Carolina; it suffered coastal flooding but little wind and rain damage. After Diane weakened in Virginia, it maintained an area of moisture that resulted in heavy rainfall after interacting with the Blue Ridge Mountains, a process known as orographic lift.