Pat Shingleton: "Remember the August Events..."

6 years 9 months 3 days ago Thursday, August 24 2017 Aug 24, 2017 August 24, 2017 4:10 AM August 24, 2017 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Most of the models place Harvey on the Texas coast by late Saturdaty evening. Hurricane Rita beached there after Katrina and another “border” storm was Audrey on July 26, 1957.  August is a tough month for Louisiana storms and especially flooding episodes. On August 13, 1766, a powerful storm leveled Trois-Islets on the island of Martinique. Joseph-Gaspard Tascher, one of the island's wealthy planters, suffered financial ruin from the devastating storm.  In dire straits, he did what many attempted in those days; marrying their offspring into money. His daughter, Marie Josephine Rose, returned to Franc, marrying the Vicomte de Beauharnais, who was guillotined in 1794. Two years later she married another officer, crowning himself in 1804 as she became Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. In closing...Prior to Katrina, Rita, Isaace and Gustav, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was the costliest hurricane in United States history. Twenty-five years ago tonight was a busy time in the weather center. We were "working the storm" with news crews on the coast and inland.  Andrew roared across the peninsula of Florida leaving massive destruction and was now going back into the Gulf of Mexico, gaining momentum.  After the storm made landfall and the tornado warnings came down, I left the station to grab a few hours sleep and check on the family. The area of Old Goodwood looked like loggers had paid a visit. Oak trees were strewn across the road like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles. I remember the smell of those trees, piled along roadways for weeks and the sounds of chainsaws - the effects of a single hurricane, the first of the season, in August.

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