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September 15, 1988 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Hurricane Gilbert, the most powerful storm in the recorded history of the Western Hemisphere, slammed into coastal resorts and Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula with 179-m.p.h. winds and then turned toward the coast of Texas. Tens of thousands of tourists and residents took refuge in public shelters in beach communities such as Cozumel Island and Cancun, where gusts up to 218 m.p.h. and dense white sheets of rain reportedly uprooted trees and small houses and caused heavy flooding.
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October 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tropical Storm Iris strengthened into a hurricane Saturday, triggering mudslides that killed three people in the Dominican Republic and lashing neighboring Haiti with winds and rains as it threatened to hit Jamaica. Iris is the first hurricane to menace Caribbean islands this season. In the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, on the south coast, heavy rain caused a mudslide Saturday that destroyed a home under construction.
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September 26, 1989 | LARRY GREEN and PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writers
Cold rain poured on this city Monday like an icy slap to the wounded, splashing through shattered roofs, soaking broken belongings and chilling the homeless. It added new misery to the devastation of Hurricane Hugo--as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of damage. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. pleaded on national television for aid ranging from baby formula to bulldozers. He said: "We need everything." Electricity was restored at hospitals.
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August 17, 2001 | Associated Press
The Caribbean's first tropical storm of the year lost steam Thursday night, but fishermen continued to pull their boats ashore and banana farmers prayed for the pelting rains to move away from their crops. Chantal formed early Thursday from a depression and began racing westward across the Atlantic toward the Caribbean. There were some concerns that it would turn into a hurricane. But by Thursday night, winds had diminished and officials at the U.S.
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August 17, 2001 | Associated Press
The Caribbean's first tropical storm of the year lost steam Thursday night, but fishermen continued to pull their boats ashore and banana farmers prayed for the pelting rains to move away from their crops. Chantal formed early Thursday from a depression and began racing westward across the Atlantic toward the Caribbean. There were some concerns that it would turn into a hurricane. But by Thursday night, winds had diminished and officials at the U.S.
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September 6, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Caribbean island residents hauled their boats from the water, boarded up houses and businesses, jammed gas stations and rushed to buy emergency supplies Friday as Hurricane Erika churned across the Atlantic toward Antigua and volcano-ravaged Montserrat with 75-mph winds and torrential rains. "We pulled all the boats out, battened down the house and bought a bottle of rum," said Ellis Chaderton, owner of a dive shop on the island of Nevis.
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September 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Hurricane Erika grew stronger Saturday while it churned near the northeastern Caribbean, packing 85 mph winds and torrential rain and churning 12-foot seas. Businesses closed, shelters opened and anxious residents boarded up homes and stocked up on rations to wait out the storm. But the worst side of Erika remained in the Atlantic and most of the threatened islands got off with brief bursts of rain and strong gusts of wind. "We have some gale-force winds, but we did not get much rain.
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October 8, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Tropical Storm Klaus weakened into a depression and moved further into the open Atlantic after unleashing wind and rain that left at least six dead and 1,500 homeless in the northeastern Caribbean. Klaus briefly reached hurricane status Friday, but was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday and then dropped to depression-level winds of 35 m.p.h. Sunday evening, forecasters in Miami said.
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October 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Tropical Storm Isaac lost some punch Saturday and was downgraded to a depression, then a tropical wave, prompting the cancellation of storm warnings for six Caribbean islands, weather officials said. The storm had strengthened enough to be classified a storm on Friday in the tropical Atlantic, but strong winds in the upper atmosphere sapped its strength. Its top maximum winds were 35 m.p.h., below the 39 m.p.h. threshold for tropical storms.
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August 8, 1989
Hurricane Dean picked up speed as it headed north toward eastern Canada, a day after sideswiping Bermuda with 110-m.p.h. winds, torrential rains and pounding surf. A hurricane warning was issued for Sable Island, Nova Scotia, with a high-wind warning for St. Johns and the Avalon Peninsula. Tropical storm warnings were issued for the coastal areas of southern and eastern Newfoundland, the National Hurricane Center said in Coral Gables, Fla.
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October 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Keith toppled homes, ripped the roofs off hotels and caused flooding throughout Belize as it swirled just off the country's Caribbean coast with 75-mph winds. Flooding associated with Keith caused three deaths elsewhere in Central America and at least one in Mexico. The worst property damage came in Belize, where streets were flooded with more than a dozen inches of rain since Sunday. Monday evening, Keith's winds dropped to 69 mph, and it was downgraded to a tropical storm.
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August 23, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racing westward, Hurricane Debby skirted the coast of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, inflicting little damage but setting a course that could produce a more powerful storm--and a collision with the U.S. mainland--later this week. With 1,000 miles between Debby's position and the south Florida coast, forecasters were uncertain whether the fourth named storm of the 2000 season would come ashore near here, pass to the south or be deflected out to sea by atmospheric forces in the making.
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August 22, 2000 | From Reuters
Tropical Storm Debby marched over the Atlantic toward land early today, with residents of many of the tiny northeastern Caribbean islands in its likely path bracing for high winds and rain. The governments of France, Antigua, the United States and the Netherlands Antilles issued alerts for islands ranging from tiny Dominica, with about 75,000 people, to Puerto Rico with 3.8 million, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
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November 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Relief workers fanned out across the eastern Caribbean to assess damage from Lenny, a hurricane that killed at least 12 people. Lenny, downgraded to a tropical storm as it drifted east toward the open Atlantic, rampaged across a region encompassing at least 16 islands. Coast Guard crews recovered the body of Carl Wake, 43, of Bradenton, Fla., about four miles west of the island of Saba. The search for his companion, Steve Righby, 54, of New York City, was continuing.
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November 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Lenny stalled off St. Martin after battering the Dutch, French and British islands of the northeastern Caribbean and leaving a trail of debris and confusion in its wake. The late-season storm swept the islands with 120-mph winds, raging seas and torrential rains. At least four people from Colombia to St. Martin died in the onslaught. The storm was expected to start a slow move to the northeast, hammering the Dutch island of Saba, French St.
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October 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Hurricane Mitch paused in its whirl through the western Caribbean on Wednesday to lash the Honduran coast, toppling trees, sweeping away bridges, flooding neighborhoods and killing at least 32 people in the region. Mitch was slowly weakening, but it was almost stationary over the Bay Islands. It also was only 25 miles off the coast, and hurricane-force winds stretched 105 miles from the storm's center.
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August 4, 1989
Hurricane Dean, carrying winds of 85 m.p.h. but moving at a 5 m.p.h. pace, skirted the Leeward Islands and passed within 175 miles of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as it began to move northwest through the Atlantic. Gil Clark, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla., said a high pressure system to the north of the hurricane had weakened, opening the way for the second hurricane of the 1989 Atlantic season to take a more northward trek and probably miss Florida.
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September 30, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just a few hours before Hurricane Georges blasted this Caribbean nation last week, the country's civil defense chief appeared on television to reassure an anxious nation. As the storm approached, newly appointed Civil Defense Director Elpidio Baez discounted scientific projections that it was likely to rip through the heart of the nation and its capital, Santo Domingo. Sophisticated computers at the U.S.
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September 27, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As residents of the Florida Keys began to assess Hurricane Georges' destructive legacy--and finding it worse than first thought--the marauding storm took on power Saturday while heading for yet another landfall along the Gulf Coast. Top winds grew to 110 mph as the hurricane pulled away from Florida and headed northwest into the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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