Tropical Depression Jeanne developed late in the afternoon on Monday, September 13, 2004, 70 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe.
Jeanne became a Tropical Storm early on Tuesday, September 14, 2004, about 135 miles southeast of St. Croix.
The tropical storm moved steadily northeast toward Puerto Rico, reaching the southeast coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 15, 2004, with maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH. Jeanne slowly moved across the island of Puerto Rico dropping extreme amounts of rain. The community of Naguabo, in the eastern portion of the island received more than 24 inches of rain.
Hurricane Jeanne was the sixth hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season and the fourth to hit Florida in a six-week period, setting a record that had not been broken since 1886, when four hurricanes hit Texas in one season.
While still a tropical storm, Jeanne made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 15, 2004, where it killed seven people, left most of the 4 million inhabitants without power and left 600,000 without running water. Jeanne reached hurricane status on September 16th, as it passed near the tip of the Dominican Republic, where it damaged homes in the town of Samana and was responsible for at least 18 deaths. The hurricane then fell back to tropical storm status as it moved inland.
Hurricane Jeanne was the fifth major hurricane of the active 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, and the third hurricane to make landfall in Florida that year. Most of the hurricane damage done was suffered in the Bahamas, New Jersey, West Virginia, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Dominican Republic.
While not as intense as Hurricane Wilma or Katrina, Hurricane Jeanne broke several records for total fatalities.
Hurricane Jeanne was the deadliest hurricane in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the tenth named storm, the seventh hurricane, and the fifth major hurricane of the season, as well as the third hurricane and fourth named storm of the season to make landfall in Florida. After wreaking havoc on Hispaniola, Jeanne struggled to reorganize, eventually strengthening and performing a complete loop over the open Atlantic. It headed westwards, strengthening into a Category 2 hurricane and passing over the islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas on September 25. Jeanne made landfall later in the day in Florida just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from where Frances had struck 3 weeks earlier. Building on the rainfall of Frances and Ivan, Jeanne brought near-record flood levels as far north as West Virginia and New Jersey before its remnants turned east into the open Atlantic. Jeanne is blamed for at least 3,006 deaths in Haiti with about 2,800 in Gonaïves alone, which was nearly washed away by floods and mudslides. The storm also caused 7 deaths in Puerto Rico, 18 in the Dominican Republic and at least 4 in Florida, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 3,025. Final property damage in the United States was $6.8 billion, making this the 13th costliest hurricane in U.S. history.