Hurricane David was the fourth named tropical cyclone, second hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 1979 Atlantic hurricane season. A Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, David was among the deadliest hurricanes in the latter half of the 20th century, killing over 2,000 people in its path, mostly in the Dominican Republic. As of 2011, it remains the only hurricane to make landfall on the Dominican Republic at Category 5 intensity.
Photo of Botanical Gardens//Established in 1891, these well-appointed gardens in Roseau also contains an aviary with Sisserou parrots, plus the famous 'crushed bus' - victim of devastating Hurricane David
1979 - Hurricane David Dates active: August 25 - September 8 Peak classification: Category 5 Sustained wind speed: 175 mph (280 km/h) Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast Deaths: 2,068 Damage: $1.54 billion (Pictured) A rubbish fire smolders between uprooted hulks of trees while, in the background, homeless Dominicans live in a tent camp provided by U.S. aid on Nov. 8, 1979 in Roseau, Dominica. The island was ravaged by Hurricane David in August 1979.
Hurricane Mk I LK-A flown by P/O William D "Dennis" David of No 87 Squadron RAF is refuelled at Seclin in May 1940. Prior to the German invasion in May 1940, the aircraft had a crowned red lion on a yellow crest painted onto its starboard cockpit door with eventually five small skulls added as David's victory markings above the artwork. A rigger unhinged the door soon after the aircraft had been abandoned at Merville and brought it back to England for eventual presentation to the squadron.
A school bus was crushed by an African baobab tree toppled by Hurricane David in 1979; the bus and tree remain in the gardens.//A baobab on a bus in the botanical garden in Roseau (Dominica)