Obviously there were a lot of people in the Caribbean at that particular time. The Great Hurricane of October 10, 1780 remains the deadliest Atlantic Hurricane ever recorded that killed an estimated 22,000 people mostly in the windward and leeward islands the track and strength are completely unknown for the most part. But my guess is that the hurricane may have winds between 180 - 200mph equivalent of a Category 5 Hurricane. In Barbados 4,500 people were killed there and destroyed every home.
In St. Vincent over 6,000 people were killed there too. And also this is the time during the revolutionary war so there were a lot of ships there. But when he hurricane moved west in the leeward islands people were caught completely off guard over 40 ships were capsized and 4,000 sailors were killed and then in Monique in the northern part of the Windward Islands over 9,000 people were killed by a 25 foot storm surge.
So it was a devastating storm that really turned the history of the Caribbean around. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 was very similar it was the second deadliest Atlantic Hurricane on recorded history that hit Honduras in a grande in Central America that killed an estimated 11,000 people there too.
So another deadly hurricane can still happen in less developed countries in the United States in the Caribbean or in the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico.
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