Pat Shingleton: "Lili-The Costliest of the Season"
On this date in 2002 residents of Vermillion, Acadia, Lafayette, Evangleine and St. Landry parishes were completing preparations for Hurricane Lili. With landfall on October 3rd, it was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the season with damage reports of $882 million. Here's an excerpt of a previous Weather News from that day. "Our interviews with Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield questioned why Lili held its Category 4 status within three hours of landfall, then quickly diminished. How could it run over a ship buoy 12 miles offshore with 145 mph winds, making landfall with 110 mph winds?" Mayfield suspected a pocket of cold water reduced its strength and the effects of a previous storm-Isidore-churned the water reducing heat.