Hurricane Irma lands on another big hurricane’s birthday


Hurricane Irma is packed with 130 mph winds, and has knocked out power for over 1 million people as of noon, September 10.

As Hurricane Irma threatens to cause more damage to all of Florida on Sunday, historians recall that on this same day, Sept. 10, 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall as a Category 4 storm near the Florida Keys.

The island of Marathon experienced 130 mph winds before Donna made a second Florida landfall just south of Naples, packing a punch with the same intensity in a terrifying storm that longtime residents will never forget.

The only storm to bring hurricane force winds to Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and New England, Donna ravaged nearly the entire state, before it re-emerged in the Atlantic Ocean and made several more landfalls, according to a report from

Donna was a Category 3 by the time it landed in North Carolina, and the storm stayed at that strength before making landfall again on Long Island.

Hurricane Donna slid its raging winds under the roofs of 30 houses, sending tiles through the windows of neighboring houses. The storm scoured paint off of buildings, crumpled pool screens, and submerged Cape Coral Parkway.

Donna caused storm surges of 11 feet in the Fort Myers area, according to National Hurricane Center records, and inflicted $387 million in damages. Today, the coast is experiencing an even more devastating situation, due to the much-increased number of homes and residents who have moved into the once-sparsely populated area during the past 50 years.

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