On this Day in Cruise History Hurricane Agnes Hits Florida

Hurricane Agnes (Accuweather)

On this day in cruise history: forty-five years ago today, on June 19, 1972 , Hurricane Agnes,which had become a category 1 hurricane, came ashore in the Florida panhandle.

The large disturbance that became Agnes was first detected over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on June 14, 1972.

The system drifted eastward and became a tropical depression later that day and a tropical storm over the northwestern Caribbean on the 16th.

Agnes turned northward on June 17 and became a hurricane over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico the next day. A continued northward motion brought Agnes to the Florida Panhandle coast on June 19 as a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds of 85mph.

Hurricane Agnes was the costliest hurricane to hit the United States in recorded history, at the time. The hurricane also resulted in the deaths of 122 people during what was known as, The Flood of 1972.

Video: Hurricane Agnes and The Flood of ’72