120px|Daily weather map from October 6, 1941, depicting a hurricane
nearing the southeast Florida coast
The 1941 Florida hurricane was a strong tropical cyclone that
affected the Bahamas, Florida, and the southeastern United States in
October 1941. The fifth known storm of the 1941 Atlantic hurricane
season, it was first observed to the north of the Virgin Islands on
October 3. The storm tracked generally westward through the Bahamas,
reaching peak winds of 120 miles per hour (190 km/h). After moving
across southern Florida the hurricane emerged into the Gulf of Mexico
and made another landfall along the Florida Panhandle. Turning
northeast, it crossed Georgia and South Carolina, and entered the
Atlantic Ocean on October 8. In the Bahamas, where winds reached 104
miles per hour (167 km/h), the storm killed three people. The city of
Nassau was struck particularly hard. In Florida, damage was relatively
severe, and included the deaths of several people. High winds brought
down trees and powerlines, though the storm was characterized by highly
unusual rainfall patterns. Storm surge in the Everglades region flooded
local streets. As the storm progressed northward, the city of
Tallahassee suffered widespread power outages and damage to numerous
vehicles. Throughout the state, the hurricane inflicted $675,000
(1941 USD) in damages. The cyclone later killed one person in Georgia.
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