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The 1980 Atlantic hurricane season featured the most named storms in the month of November until being surpassed in 2001 and 2004. The season officially started on June 1, 1980, and ended on November 30, 1980. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year in which most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 1980 season was active, with a total of 12 named storms forming. The strongest of these storms was Hurricane Allen, an early-forming Category 5 hurricane that caused considerable damage in the Caribbean before striking Florida in mid-August.

Systems

Tropical Depression One

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration June 12 – June 14
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 18 – July 20
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Allen

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Allen 08-1980.jpg
Duration August 7 – August 19
Peak intensity 165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  927 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Bonnie

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Bonnie 08-1980.JPG
Duration August 22 – August 30
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min) 

Tropical Storm Charley

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Charley 08-1980.JPG
Duration August 26 – August 30
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Danielle

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Danielle 09-1980.jpg
Duration September 2 – September 5
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Earl

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Earl 09-1980.jpg
Duration September 4 – September 10
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Frances

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Frances 09-1980.jpg
Duration September 12 – September 21
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  957 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Georges

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Georges 09-1980.jpg
Duration September 17 – September 20
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Hermine

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hermine 09-1980.jpg
Duration September 24 – September 30
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ivan

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Ivan 10-1980.jpg
Duration October 7 – October 15
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  974 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Jeanne

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Jeanne 10-1980.png
Duration October 23 – October 28
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Karl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Karl 11-1980.jpg
Duration November 11 – November 14
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Lisa

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Lisa 11-1980.png
Duration November 22 – November 26
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  982 mbar (hPa)

Storm Names

The following names were used for storms that formed in the north Atlantic during 1980. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 1986 season. Storms were named Allen, Bonnie, Charley, Danielle, Earl, Georges, Hermine, Ivan, Jeanne, Karl, and Lisa for the first (and only, in the case of Allen) time in 1980. The name Allen was retired in the spring of 1981. It was replaced by Andrew for the 1986 season.

  • Allen
  • Bonnie
  • Charley
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Frances
  • Georges
  • Hermine
  • Ivan
  • Jeanne
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Mitch (unused)
  • Nicole (unused)
  • Otto (unused)
  • Paula (unused)
  • Richard (unused)
  • Shary (unused)
  • Tomas (unused)
  • Virginie (unused)
  • Walter (unused)