Formed from a tropical wave in the mid-Atlantic about 800 miles east of the Windward Islands on August 25, 1979. David headed west-northwest, gradually strengthening as it did. The hurricane became a monstrous Category 5 south of Hispaniola, reaching peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 172 miles per hour and 924 millibars of pressure. David weakened little before making landfall on Hispaniola. The eye passed almost directly over Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic with over a million people. The storm slogged over the island and emerged off Cuba as a weak hurricane. David restrengthened into a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and trudged up the Florida coast, whipping the shoreline with hurricane-force winds. David finally made landfall just north of Savannah as a Category 1. David is believed to have been responsible for 2,060 deaths, making it one of the deadliest hurricanes of the modern era.
Hurricane David was a monster hurricane for the Caribbean but was much less intense for the United States. David destroyed whole jungles & swept families away. The eye of David grazed the coast of Florida, from Palm bch north to Cape canaveral as a cat 2 ,The East coast got the weak side and later he would hit N.GA & S.C as a cat 1 with 75 to 80mph winds.