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Pat Shingleton: "The 3 Worst for Baton Rouge"

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago August 25, 2013 Aug 25, 2013 Sunday, August 25 2013 August 25, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. A year ago we were tracking Tropical Storm Isaac remembering that Gustav was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 5 storm-the third to hit the U.S. in the 20th Century. Storms that cause destruction and extended power outages are sealed in our memories. Twenty years ago tonight, I was in the weather center while outside, howling winds were swaying our 700 foot antenna. After landfall and the last tornado warning, I left the station to check on the family. Similar to Gustav, Old Goodwood resembled a logging site with oak trees strewn like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles; the first storm of the season - in August.

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