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The 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season was modestly active, with 17 tropical depressions and named storms, 15 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. There were two category 5 storms: Ivan and Otto. Otto set the record for the strongest hurricane in recorded history at the time, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 205 mph and a minimum central pressure of 878 mbar. Otto was also the deadliest storm of the season and the deadliest in recorded history, with over 83,500 deaths in Central America in addition to causing $26.8 billion in damage (making it the second costliest on record at the time, only behind Frances of 1992).

Season Summary

Timeline of events

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Systems

Hurricane Andrew

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration July 24 – August 3
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  973 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Bonnie

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration July 27 – August 2
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  992 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Charley

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 19 – August 30
Peak intensity 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  937 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Danielle

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 21 – August 24
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Earl

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 24 – September 3
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  972 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Fiona

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 25 – September 2
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Georges

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 31 – September 3
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  981 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Hermine

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 8 – September 13
Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ivan

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 15 – October 1
Peak intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)  914 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Jeanne

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration September 17 – September 20
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  992 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Karl

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 19 – September 27
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  961 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Lisa

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 21 – October 1
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  953 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Mitch

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 23 – September 28
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  954 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nicole

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration October 5 – October 9
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  984 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Otto

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration October 22 – November 5
Peak intensity 205 mph (335 km/h) (1-min)  878 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Paula

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration November 10 – November 22
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Richard

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration November 24 – December 1
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  966 mbar (hPa)

Storm names

The set of names used in 1998 was previously used in 1998, except the name Frances was replaced with Fiona. Names not used are marked in grey. The names Fiona, Otto, Paula, and Richard were used for the first time in 1998.

  • Andrew
  • Bonnie
  • Charley
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Georges
  • Hermine
  • Ivan
  • Jeanne
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Mitch
  • Nicole
  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary (unused)
  • Tomas (unused)
  • Virginie (unused)
  • Walter (unused)
  • Xantha (unused)
  • Yuri (unused)
  • Zelia (unused)

Retirement

In the spring of 1999, the names Charley, Ivan, and Otto were retired and will never be used again to name another Atlantic Hurricane. They were replaced with Colin, Igor, and Owen for 2004.</center></center></center></center>