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, 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).
Anson Street after Hurricane Donna in 1960 Historic Charleston Foundation
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.