Hurricane Allen was one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, reaching Category 5 intensity on three different occasions. Allen's highest sustained winds were 190 mph matched only by Hurricane Camille in 1969. The big difference between the two was that Camille hit the Gulf Coast as a strong Category 5 hurricane while Allen weakened to Category-3 force prior to landfall. Like Katrina, Allen was a big hurricane with a circulation that filled much of the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm inflicted major damage on the Windward Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, the northern Yucatan, northern Mexico and southern Texas. Over 250 persons perished in the storm; most of those casualties were in Haiti.

Allen made landfall in southern Texas as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph and a storm surge of 12 feet. The heavy rain dumped in southern Texas (10-20 inches) ended the region's summer-long drought.

Forecast by Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.