September 19 Weather History

...1947... The eye of a hurricane passed directly over New Orleans, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.61 inches. The hurricane killed fifty-one persons, and caused 110 million dollars damage. It produced wind gusts to 155 mph while making landfall over Fort Lauderdale FL two days earlier.

...1955... Hurricane Ione made landfall near Morehead City, North Carolina with winds near 100 mph. 16.63 inches of rain fell at Maysville, North Carolina. Extensive flooding caused severe damage to crops. 40 blocks of New Bern, North Carolina were underwater at one point. 7 people lost their lives and total damage was $88 million. This was the third hurricane to cross eastern North Carolina in 5 weeks. Never before had so many hurricanes had affected the area within such a short period of time. The remnants affected Newport, Rhode Island with .47 inches of rain and a low barometer of 29.39 inches the following day.

...1967... Hurricane Beulah deluged Brownsville TX with 12.19 inches of rain in 24 hours, to establish a record for that location. Hurricane Beulah made landfall on the 20th near the mouth of the Rio Grande River, where a wind gust to 135 mph was reported by a ship in the port.

...1974... Hurricane Fifi caused catastrophic flooding in Honduras. An estimated 6200 people were killed and damages total $1.8 billion. Many cities were more than 80 percent destroyed with over 150,000 left homeless. The country's banana crop was completely destroyed.

...1987... Cool autumn-like weather invaded the Central Rockies. Temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s, with readings in the teens and 20s reported in the higher elevations. Gunnison CO was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 15 degrees.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing along a fast moving cold front produced severe weather in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Eight tornadoes were reported, including five in Indiana. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 74 mph at Wabash IND. Winds associated with the cold front itself gusted to 69 mph at Kenosha WI.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the Middle and Northern Atlantic Coast Region. Cape Hatteras NC was deluged with nearly 3.50 inches of rain in three hours. Syracuse NY reported 1.77 inches of rain, a record for the date, and Chatham NJ reported an all-time record of 3.45 inches in one day. Hurricane Hugo headed for the Bahamas, and Tropical Storm Iris, following close on its heels, strengthened to near hurricane force.

...1994... Honolulu, Hawaii recorded its all-time high temperature of 95 degrees.

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