Hurricane Donna, 1960. This Category 5 hurricane brought storm surges which rose up to 13 feet in the Florida Keys and wind speeds clocking in at 128 mph. It claimed 50 lives in the United States and damaged properties worth $387 million (in 1960 dollars).
Tidal flooding in Everglades City is pictured two days after the passage of Hurricane Donna. Flooding was six to seven feet deep at peak tide, according to caption information from the Florida State Archives. Hurricane Donna roars across South Florida with an 11-foot storm surge, 150 mph winds and more than $300 million in damage. 13 people are dead and 51% of FPL’s customers are without electric service.
Hurricane Donna had already clawed out a claim as one of the 20th century's most destructive and deadly storms when it began heading up the Atlantic seaboard from Daytona, Fla., early on the morning on Sept. 11, 1960. Here's the effect it had on Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Is it true that Florida’s I-4 crosses over The Field of the Dead? Did the spirits seek revenge and trigger Hurricane Donna? Listen to firsthand accounts of Florida’s haunted highway on American Super/Natural, Sunday nights on The Weather Channel!