Pat Shingleton: Hurricanes and Earthquakes
Weather anniversaries for October 19 include Hurricane Wilma, blasting the Yucatan with 175 mile-per-hour winds nine years ago. Katrina, Rita, Wilma were the five most intense Atlantic hurricanes, rewriting the record book in other categories. Wilma's eye wall was two nautical miles wide, the smallest on record. Louisiana has also experienced episodes of earthquakes. On this date in 1930 one rattled Napoleonville with effects reported in Allemands, Donaldsonville, Franklin, Morgan City and White Castle. Residents reported overturned objects, shaken trees and cracked plaster. Other area quakes include a magnitude 3.8 reading near Greenville, MS on June 4, 1967. On November 19, 1958, one shook houses and rattled windows in Baton Rouge.