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Hurricane Mitch | 15 Years Ago This Week | A Recap

By Slickrock Adventures on November 8, 2013


15 years ago this week, Hurricane Mitch tore through the Western Caribbean as the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record. It began on Oct. 22 and was still roaring as late as Nov. 9, 1998.

Hurricane Mitch, the most destructive and powerful of the 1998 storm season in the Atlantic, killed 11,000. Another 11,000 were listed as missing. 2.7 million people were uprooted from their homes. It dumped historic amounts of rainfall in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras — as much as 75 inches during it’s six-day peak in the region.

Other key facts about Hurricane Mitch

Mitch formed in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22, and after drifting through extremely favorable conditions, it rapidly strengthened to peak at Category 5 status, the highest possible rating on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. After drifting southwestward and weakening, the hurricane hit Honduras as a minimal hurricane. It drifted through Central America, reformed in the Bay of Campeche, and ultimately struck Florida as a strong tropical storm.