Was “Donna” the name of the hurricane that struck Massachusetts in the 1950s?
In 1955, Hurricane Diane, a Category 1 hurricane, struck the Massachusetts coast with such force that numerous deaths and significant damage resulted: $10.2 billion in 1995 dollars. This was the tenth most destructive hurricane in this country. As a result, the name Diane was retired from use. Interestingly, Hurricane Donna, a Category 4 hurricane, hit the same coast five years later, inflicting $12 billion in damage. The name “Donna” was also retired.