|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHS)|
Hurricane Douglas near peak intensity on July 23.
|Formed||July 6, 2026|
|Dissipated||August 1, 2026 (extratropical after July 26)|
|Accumulated Cyclone Energy||26.2|
|Highest winds|| 165 mph |
|Lowest pressure||907 mbar|
|Areas affected||Southeastern United States (Georgia)|
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2026 Pacific Hurricane Season, 2026 Atlantic Hurricane Season & 2026-27 Arctic Cyclone Season
Meteorological History Edit
A tropical wave exited the coast of Africa on July 4. The wave slowly intensified into Tropical Depression One on July 6. One struggled to gain convection, and dissipated into a remnant low on July 8. The remnants of One continued to move westward. On July 16, the system crossed over Central America into the Pacific. At this point, due to an El Nino fueling favorable conditions over the Pacific, the wave was noted for redevelopment by the NHC. On July 19, Tropical Depression Four-E had formed. Four-E intensified into Tropical Storm Douglas later that night. Early on July 21, Douglas was briefly upgraded to a category 1 hurricane before weakening back into a tropical storm at the next advisory. Amid favorable conditions, Douglas underwent rapid deepening on July 22, and reached winds of 160 mph, a category 5 hurricane. Its pressure fell to 907 mbar. Douglas then continued to race northeastward until it made landfall near Mobile, Alabama, late on July 23. Douglas reached its peak intensity just before landfall with 165 mph winds. Douglas slowly weakened initially as it passed through Georgia, including the Atlanta area. Atlanta's SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, was severely damaged, and games there were canceled for the rest of the season. Douglas overall was attributed to 139 deaths in Georgia. On July 26, Douglas became extratropical, and began to slowly move northward.
On July 28, Douglas crossed 55N latitude, and was named Polar Cyclone Douglas for this reason. Douglas briefly became a Severe Polar Cyclone before it finally dissipated on August 1.
Despite its impact, the name Douglas was not retired in this season for unknown reasons. However, it was later reused in 2032 and was retired then.