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Hurricane Agnes

Hurricane Agnes approaching Florida
Duration June 14 - 25, 1972
Highest winds 85 mph (140 km/h) sustained
Damages $10-12 billion (2005 dollars)
Fatalities 122 direct
Areas affected Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York
Part of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Agnes was a hurricane that occurred during the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. The large disturbance was first detected over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on June 14. The system drifted eastward and became a tropical depression later that day and a tropical storm over the northwestern Caribbean on the 16th. Agnes turned northward on June 17 and became a hurricane over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico the next day. A continued northward motion brought Agnes to the Florida Panhandle coast on June 19 as a Category 1 hurricane. Agnes turned northeastward after landfall and weakened to a depression over Georgia. However, it regained tropical storm strength over eastern North Carolina on June 21 and moved into the Atlantic later that day. A northwestward turn followed, and a just-under-hurricane-strength Agnes made a final landfall on June 22 near New York, New York. The storm merged with a non-tropical low on June 23, with the combined system affecting the northeastern United States until June 25. Summary Hurricane Agnes approaching the Florida panhandle on June 19, 1972. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... Kilometre per hour (American spelling: kilometer per hour) is a unit of both speed (scalar) and velocity (vector). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Florida Panhandle is the region of the state of Florida which includes the westernmost 16 counties in the state. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... State nickname: Old Line State; Free State Other U.S. States Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Governor Robert L. Ehrlich (R) Official languages English Area 32,160 km² (42nd)  - Land 25,338 km²  - Water 6,968 km² (21%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,296,486 (19th)  - Density 165 /km² (5th) Admission... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... The 1972 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... The 1972 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... The Yucatán Peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... Gulf of Mexico. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ...

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Agnes was barely a hurricane at landfall in Florida, and the effects of winds and storm surges were relatively minor. The major impact was over the northeastern United States, where Agnes combined with the non-tropical low to produce widespread rains of 6 to 12 inches with local amounts of 14 to 19 inches. These rains produced widespread severe flooding from Virginia northward to New York, with other flooding occurring over the western portions of the Carolinas. State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ...


The worst flooding was along the Genesee River, the Canisteo River, and the Chemung Rivers in southwestern and southcentral New York. The latter two flowed into an already swollen Susquehanna River due to winter snow run off and flooding continued all the way down this river. The worst damage occurred in Elmira, New York and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but many other communities along the rivers suffered great losses. The Delaware River basin and the Potomac basins also had some flooding. So much fresh water was flushed into Chesapeake Bay that its seafood industry was badly damaged for several years. The Genesee Rivers name is derived from the Iroquois meaning good valley or pleasant valley. ... The Canisteo River is a tributary of the United States. ... The Chemung River (shuh-MUHNG) is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, approximately 45 mi (72 km) long, in south central New York and northern Pennsylvania in the United States. ... The Susquehanna River is a river in the northeastern United States, approximately 410 mi (715 km) long. ... Elmira is a city located in Chemung County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 30,940. ... Wilkes-Barre is the county seat of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ...


Rainfall in the Piedmont region of Virginia also caused extensive flooding in the James River basin. Areas along the James west of Richmond and east of the Blue Ridge received massive amounts of rainfall that exceeded the rains of Hurricane Camille three years prior. The river experienced five-hundred year flooding levels, inundating downtown Richmond and causing millions of dollars in damages. The James River in the U.S. state of Virginia is 547. ... This article is about the city in Virginia. ... Blue Ridge may refer to any of the following: Blue Ridge, Georgia Blue Ridge, Virginia The Blue Ridge Mountains The US Navy Command ship USS Blue Ridge The passenger train Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... Hurricane Camille was a Category 5 hurricane that struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast region on 17 August and 18 August 1969. ...


Agnes caused 122 deaths in the United States. Nine of these were in Florida (mainly from severe thunderstorms) while the remainder were associated with the flooding. The storm was responsible for $3.1 billion in damage (in 1972 US dollars) in the United States, the vast majority of which came from the flooding. Of this, over $2 billion was in Pennsylvania, and $3/4 billion in New York. Agnes also affected western Cuba, where seven additional deaths occurred. After adjustment for inflation, Agnes is the seventh costliest storm in United States history with a total of $8,602,500,000 in 2000 dollars. A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The name Agnes was retired following this storm.


Modified after the National Hurricane Center web site. This US government site is in the public domain. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


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Hurricane Agnes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (802 words)
Hurricane Agnes was the first tropical storm and first hurricane of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season.
Agnes was barely a hurricane at landfall in Florida, and the effects of winds and storm surges were relatively minor.
The storm was responsible for $2.1 billion in damage (1972 US dollars) in the United States, the vast majority of which came from the flooding.
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