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Hurricane Iselle
Category 3 major hurricane (SSHS)
Hurricane Ida 2009-11-09 0015 UTC

Hurricane Iselle on September 5
Formed August 31, 2026
Dissipated September 13, 2026 (extratropical after September 11)
Accumulated Cyclone Energy 16.20
Highest winds 125 mph
(1-minute sustained)
Lowest pressure 952 mbar
Damages $1 billion
Direct Fatalities 23
Indirect Fatalities 9
Missing 1
Areas affected Central America (Honduras, Guatemala), Yucatan Peninsula, United States East Coast (Florida)
Part of the
2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and 2020 Pacific Hurricane Season

Hurricane Iselle was an unusual southern-forming Pacific-Atlantic crossover hurricane that made landfall in Florida.

Meteorological History Edit

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The track of Iselle. Iselle was a rare Pacific-Atlantic crossover hurricane.

On August 29, 2020, an area of low pressure formed south of Central America. The system moved very slowly as it gained a closed circulation. On August 31, the NHC named the system Tropical Storm Iselle. Late on September 1, Iselle peaked as a Pacific storm with winds of 65 mph and a pressure of 996 millibars. Iselle then weakened to a Tropical Depression while crossing over central America on September 2, before entering the Atlantic on September 3 while still a depression. On September 5, Iselle entered rapid deepening, becoming a Category 3 hurricane 24 hours after being a tropical storm. Iselle peaked with 125 winds and slowly moved northward. Iselle then started to turn northeastward, making landfall near Tampa, Florida as a Category 2 hurricane on September 7. Iselle caused winds of up to 85 mph throughout Florida, as well as 30 fatalities. Iselle then moved up the East Coast, brushing the Outer Banks, as well as causing increased seas that caused a fatality. Iselle became extratropical on September 11. The remnants of Iselle hit Ireland on September 13, causing a fatality.

Impact Edit

The name Iselle was not retired, but the storm caused over $1 billion in damage and 32 total deaths. NC Highway 12 in the Outer Banks was partially destroyed by the storm.

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