Pat Shingleton: "Rough Septembers"
Tropical Storm Henri is spinning through the north Atlantic and not posing a threat to any land mass. Erica, Frank
and Grace fizzled in the Caribbean. Statistically 37% of named storms, 47% of hurricanes
and 55% of major hurricanes occur in September. Before "naming" hurricanes, Louisiana storms with September
landfalls include: the Sept. 22, 1909 Storm, the Sept. 21, 1947, the Sept. 6, 1949 Storm. All made landfall in
close proximity of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Others include: Flossy-Sept. 25, 1956,
Fern-Sept. 13, 1971, Carmen-Sept. 9, 1974, Babe-Sept.9, 1977, Elena-Sept. 2, 1985 and Florence-Sept, 9, 1988.
Many of our readers remember Sept, 13, 1965 when Betsy hit New Orleans and another September storm, Rita, in 2005.
Of course the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge, recognized as "The Timber Clearing Storm" - Gustav. I remember
trees, limbs and other related debris still being processed 10 months later.