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The 1992 Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1, 1992, and ended on November 30, 1992. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin.

The 1992 season, although inactive, produced one of the most damaging United States hurricanes of all time, Hurricane Andrew, which struck southern Florida as a Category 5 hurricane, the first Atlantic storm to make landfall in the United States as a Category 5 since Hurricane Camille in 1969. After its Florida landfall, Andrew made landfall along the central Louisiana coast near Morgan City as a Category 3. Andrew caused $26.5 billion (1992 USD) in damage and killed 65 people. Andrew was the costliest natural disaster in the United States until surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Another notable storm is Tropical Storm Danielle, which very unusually, struck the Delmarva Peninsula. The previous storm in the Atlantic to do this was Tropical Storm Bret in 1981. In addition, Subtropical Storm One developed in April, becoming one of only two April storms on record, the other being Tropical Storm Ana in 2003.

List of Storms

List of Storm Names

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

Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) Rating

The list below shows the ACE for each storm in the season. The ACE is, broadly speaking, a measure of the power of the hurricane multiplied by the length of time it existed for, so hurricanes that lasted a long time, as well as particularly strong hurricanes, have higher ACEs.

  • Andrew - 28.44750
  • Bonnie - 23.11500
  • Charley - 10.93750
  • Danielle - 2.86000
  • Earl - 3.26750
  • Frances - 6.50250

Retired Names

The World Meteorological Organization retired one named from the 1992 season during their Spring meeting in 1993: Andrew. It was replaced with Alex for the 1998 season, and was not retired then, nor after its use in 2004.

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