Hurricane Donna was first noted at hurricane strength on September 2
in the tropical north Atlantic. The cyclone
moved west-northwest for roughly 2000 miles passing through the extreme northeast Lesser Antilles, passing
70 miles north of Puerto Rico and into the Florida Straits. The graphics below show the rainfall across Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, courtesy of data archived at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville,
The center moved across the middle Florida Keys between 2 and 3 a.m.
on the 10th, striking the mainland south
of Naples while recurving north-northeast, passing back into the Atlantic Ocean near Daytona Beach and then
along the east coast before moving across Long Island into New England. Donna was the first major hurricane
in Florida in 10 years. The graphics below for the lower 48 used data supplied by the National Climatic Data
Center in Asheville, North Carolina and the South Florida Water Management District.