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Hypercane Gordon
Hypercane Gordon, 2012
Hypercane Gordon late on July 19, 2012, with the ISS in the foreground

Formed:
Dissipated:

June 29, 2012
September 2, 2012

Maximum winds:

510 mph (820 km/h)

Lowest pressure:

799 mbar

Casualties:

1,219,407 direct, 422,015 indirect

Damage:

$529 billion (2012 USD)
$537 billion (2022 USD)

Area(s) affected:

United States
Canada
England
France
Germany
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Russia

Part of the:

2012 Atlantic hurricane season

Hypercane Gordon was a devastating Category 9 hypercane that leveled most of southern England, and caused near-catastrophic damage to the coastlines of France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. It was initially a somewhat weak tropical storm that while slowly dying out, happened to pass over the erupting Freedom Seamount on July 4, 2012, leading to the formation of the tropical cyclone that would break nearly all major tropical cyclone records worldwide: windspeed, pressure, size, casualties, and damage.

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