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Hurricane Georges: A Special Report 1

Written by  John E. Nevola & Michele Conry

By George... with an S"The great errors of the past are useful in many ways. One cannot remind oneself too often of crimes and disasters." —VoltaireHurricane Georges was as peculiar in its behavior as its name was to pronounce. It will be remembered as a plodding, powerful storm that straight-lined across the entire Atlantic before hooking right into the Gulf of Mexico. It ravaged Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba and the Keys, just clipping Florida on September 25, 1998, before its first major landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi on September 28. It left 300 dead on the Caribbean Islands and 10,000 homeless. As it swept past Florida it left 82,000 people without power and caused over 200 people to be rescued. On its raging 12 day journey it was alternately a Category 2 hurricane, then a Tropical Storm and finally nearly a Category 3 storm just before its final land-strike. It was