Hurricane Donna in the 1960 Atlantic season was a Cape Verde-type hurricane which moved across the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Cuba, The Bahamas, and every state on the East Coast of the United States. Hurricane Donna holds the record for retaining major hurricane status (Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) in the Atlantic Basin for the longest period of time. For nine days, September 2 to September 11, Donna had maximum sustained winds of at least 115…
Hurricane Donna killed 3 people when it roared through Hampton Roads early on the morning of Sept 12, 1960, and 55 years later it still holds records for the second highest wind speed and second lowest barometric pressure recorded in the area during a hurricane. But the damage would have been much greater if it hadn't struck at low tide. Check out these archive photos of the storm.
13 Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath
J. H. Rose, Civil Defense Manager for Pitt County, talks on telephone during Hurricane Donna in September of 1960. Hurricane Donna touched every state on the East Coast from Florida to Maine. In North Carolina there were eight deaths and 100 injured with property damage over five million dollars. Image from the Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.