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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT SUN SEP 21 2014

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

IN 1938...AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL HURRICANE KNOWN AS "THE
LONG ISLAND EXPRESS" SLAMMED INTO LONG ISLAND AND NEW
ENGLAND.  THIS HORRIFIC HURRICANE WHIPLASHED THESE AREAS
WITH SUSTAINED WINDS AROUND 150 MPH...GUSTS AROUND 185
MPH...AND PRODUCED WAVES SO HUGE AND POWERFUL THAT
SEISMOGRAPHS ON THE WEST COAST RECORDED THE SHOCK OF EACH
WAVE AS IT SMASHED ONTO NEW ENGLAND SHORES! THE RHODE
ISLAND COAST WAS OVERWHELMED BY A 30 FOOT STORM SURGE.
THE HURRICANE KILLED AROUND 600 PEOPLE AND CAUSED AROUND
$500 MILLION DAMAGE.  IN 1989...HURRICANE HUGO SLAMMED
INTO THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST AROUND 11 PM NEAR
SULLIVAN`S ISLAND.  HUGO WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR 13
DEATHS AND INDIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR 22 OTHERS.  ANOTHER
420 PEOPLE WERE INJURED FROM THE HURRICANE WITH DAMAGE
ESTIMATED AT $8 BILLION.  GUSTS REACHED 138 MPH AT FOLLY
BEACH...98 MPH IN CHARLESTON AND 109 MPH AT SHAW AIR
FORCE BASE.  IN 2005...AROUND 1 MILLION PEOPLE WERE
EVACUATED FROM THE TEXAS COAST AS HURRICANE RITA
DEVELOPED INTO THE THIRD MOST INTENSE HURRICANE ON
RECORD.  THE BAROMETRIC PRESSURE NEAR THE EYE OF THE
STORM WAS 26.48 INCHES...A LOWER READING THAN HURRICANE
KATRINA WHICH HAD ROARED ONTO THE GULF COAST ON AUGUST
29TH.

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