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Hurricane Iris
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Iris 08 oct 2001 1922Z.jpg
Hurricane Iris before landfall in Belize
FormedOctober 4, 2001
DissipatedOctober 9, 2001
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure948 mbar (hPa); 27.99 inHg
Fatalities49 direct
Damage$150 million (2001 USD)
Areas affectedDominican Republic, Jamaica, Belize, Guatemala, eastern Mexico
Part of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Iris was the third major hurricane of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Iris was also the second storm of 2001 to strike Belize. Iris was a category 4 hurricane when it struck Belize, but damage was rather low. It is likely because Iris weakened very quickly over land. People were thinking that Iris would cross Central America without dying and would keep the name Iris. This did not happen, Iris weakened over land very fast and died. Iris did however reformed in the Pacific Ocean, it was given a new name, Manuel. Iris left $150 million in damage and killed 49 people.


See also: List of retired Atlantic hurricane names

The name Iris was retired anyway. In 2007 the name Ingrid was used instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5