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6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, June 03 2017 Jun 3, 2017 June 03, 2017 4:10 AM June 03, 2017 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat shingleton: "Another 179 Days..."

With 17 days remaining until the official start of Summer, 179 days remain in Hurricane Season 2017. Hurricanes make headlines and breaking news and that was certainly the case years ago.  The nation's deadliest disaster happened in 1900 when a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas.  Storm surge caused 8,000 deaths with estimates as high as 12,000.  The "Atlantic-Gulf Hurricane of 1919" hit Corpus Christi in mid-September with a 12-foot storm surge and 900 deaths while 1,836 died September 13, 1928 from a lake surge following the Okeechobee hurricane.  The "Florida Keys-Labor Day Hurricane of 1935" moved through the Florida Keys and the Southeast killing 408. The "Long Island Express of 1938" battered southern New England and in 1944 the "Great Atlantic Hurricane" sank a Navy destroyer, minesweeper, two Coast Guard cutters and a light vessel.  Hurricane Carol caused $461 million in damage on August 31, 1954.  A few days later Hurricane Edna blasted Cape Cod killing 20. In 1954,  Hurricane Hazel hit the Carolinas. On October 15th, Hazel moved through Pennsylvania, New York and Canada.  One year later, Hurricanes Connie and Diane were only five days apart, nailing North Carolina, then flooding Massachusetts.  Residents of Baton Rouge and the Texas coast remember Hurricane Audrey in June 1957.  Storm surges advanced inland for 25 miles, killing 390.  In September, 1965, Betsy hit Lafourche Parish, killing 75 in Louisiana.  Another hurricane making headlines for Baton Rouge was Camille in August 1969.  Winds, storm surge and rain killed 143 on the coast. Adding to this list is Alicia in 1983, which battered Galveston and Hugo in 1989 swamped Charleston, South Carolina. Before Katrina, Isaac and Rita,  Andrew tore apart Baton Rouge in 1992 and Floyd Hammered Cape Fear in 1999.

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