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1866 Atlantic Hurricane #6

A classical Cape Verde-type hurricane was first observed on September 24 off the coast of Africa. It headed west-northwestward, reaching major hurricane strength north of the Lesser Antilles on the 29th. As it neared the Bahamas it strengthened to a 140 mph Category 4 hurricane, causing widespread damage across the islands. It recurved out to sea without affecting any other landmasses. The last report on the system was on October 5, after resulting in 387 casualties, with 250 from the steamer Evening Star (from Sinking of the Titanic). It is very possible that the hurricane was stronger while over open waters in the Atlantic, but the meteorological records from the 1800s and early 20th century were very sparse and also contributed to the reduced number of tropical cyclones in the hurricane season archives.

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