Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 1989...HURRICANE HUGO STRUCK THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WHEN A
97 MPH GUST WAS MEASURED AT SAINT CROIX.  PASSING
DIRECTLY OVER SAINT CROIX...HUGO CAUSED COMPLETE
DEVASTATION OF THE ISLAND...PRODUCED A 5 TO 7 FOOT STORM
SURGE...AND ESSENTIALLY SEVERED ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH
THE OUTSIDE WORLD.  THREE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND AROUND
$500 MILLION DAMAGE RESULTED.  THE ONLY RAIN GAUGE STILL
IN OPERATION MEASURED 9.40 INCHES IN 24 HOURS AT CANEEL
BAY.  IN 1947...A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE ROARED INTO FORT
LAUDERDALE WITH 155 MPH GUSTS.TWO DAYS LATER ON THE
19TH...THIS HURRICANE WOULD DEVASTATE NEW ORLEANS WHERE
IT KILLED 51 AND CAUSED $110 MILLION DAMAGE.  THE EYE
PASSED DIRECTLY OVER THE CRESCENT CITY WHERE THE
BAROMETRIC PRESSURE DROPPED TO 28.61 INCHES.

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