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"The Worst Tropical Storm.."

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Posted: Jun 8, 2012 7:38 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Jun 9, 2012 3:00 AM
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Topics: Allison, Tropical Storm


This is one of "those" weekends where we'll need to dodge the showers and thundershowers. On this date in 2001 the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison stalled over eastern Texas then drifted south and re-formed over the northwestern Gulf. As noted in a previous column, the previous tropical storm increased in size and once again made landfall over Louisiana on June 11. On June 14th it tracked northeast, stalling over North Carolina. For three days it wandered around the mid-Atlantic, merged with a cold front and dissipated in Nova Scotia. Allison was a tremendous rain machine dumping 36.99 inches on Houston and more than 20 inches in Baton Rouge. It caused $5 billion damage and 41 deaths and became the costliest and deadliest U.S. tropical storm on record.

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