equinoctial storm

1760–1769 Atlantic hurricane seasons


Year Location Date Deaths Damage/Notes
1760 Barbuda October 25 50 N/A
1761 Outer Banks of North Carolina September 20  – September 23 N/A A "severe equinoctial storm" made a breach through the Outer Banks of North Carolina eight miles above its present entrance near haul-over, and it was named New Inlet. This inlet was subsequently closed in 1881, costing $600,000 in that year's dollars.

References: Wilmington District News, US Army Corps of Engineers, Volume 20, Number 6, June 2000, page 3; and also from Wilmington, North Carolina: Past, Present, and Future. History of Its Harbor, with Detailed Reports of the Work for Improving and Restoring the Same, Now Being Conducted by the U.S. Government. Resources and Advantages as an Entrepot for Western Cities. Harbor of Refuge, and Coaling Depot for the Navy and Merchant Marine. Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) p. 25 Published by Order of the Chamber of Commerce (J. A. Engelhard, Printer) 1872.
1766 Martinique August 13 440 N/A
1766 Galveston, Texas September 4 N/A Five ships were destroyed, but the crew and items were saved. A Spanish mission named Nuestra Senora De la Luz and the presidio San Augustine de Ahumado on the lower Trinity River was destroyed. Constance Bayou in Louisiana was named after one of the wrecked ships from this storm.
1766 St. Christopher, Montserrat September 13 N/A Destroyed half the town and many ships.
1766 Guadeloupe October 6 N/A Sunk twelve slave ships, killing all aboard.
1766 Northwest Florida October 23 N/A Sunk one ship, killing the entire crew except for three.
1767 Martinique August 1600 "A powerful hurricane"
1767 Coastal North Carolina September 21 N/A Caused a number of vessels to be lost. Floods struck Virginia, with a mill entirely destroyed in Warwick county. (from the August 6, 1767 Virginia Gazette pg. 2).
1768 Havana, Cuba October 15 1000 N/A
1769 North Carolina September 5 At least 6 a ship sank, and heavy flooding occurred over the area. Many old houses in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia were destroyed, particularly around Williamsburg, York, Hampton, and Norfolk due to 13 hours of high winds from the northeast to northwest.
1769 Northeast coast of Florida & Charleston, South Carolina September 25 – September 28 N/A Approached Florida and may have hit St. Augustine, Florida on the 25th, but it turned northeastward, and hit near Charleston on the 28th. Damage was minimal in the Carolinas, but crop damage occurred in northeast Florida.

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