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Today SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1923-A magnitude 8.3 earthquake strikes Japan, destroying 575,000 homes in Tokyo and Yokohama. Two hundred thousand are reported dead or missing in the disaster and ensuing fires.
 
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1894-A forest fire driven by high winds burned down the town of Hinkley MN killing 418 persons.
 
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Aug 31 AUGUST 31ST, 1954-Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing sixty persons and causing 450 million dollars damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.
 
AUGUST 31ST, 1989-Thunderstorms in Minnesota produced baseball size hail near Saint Michael and Hutchinson, and drenched Moose Lake with nine inches of rain in six hours.
 
Aug 30 AUGUST 30TH, 1776-General Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening.
 
AUGUST 30TH, 1982-A tropical depression brought torrential rains to portions of southern Texas. Up to twelve inches fell south of Houston, and as much as eighteen inches fell southeast of Austin. The tropical depression spawned fourteen tornadoes in three days.
 
Aug 29 AUGUST 29TH, 1965-A national record for the month of August was established when 2.5 inches of snow fell atop Mount Washington NH. Temperatures in New England dipped to 39 degrees at Nantucket MA, and to 25 degrees in Vermont. For many location it was the earliest freeze of record.
 
AUGUST 29TH, 1987-Some of the most powerful thunderstorms in several years developed over the piedmont of North Carolina, and marched across central sections of the state during the late afternoon and evening hours. Baseball size hail was reported around Albemarle, while thunderstorm winds downed giant trees around High Falls.
 
Aug 28 AUGUST 28TH, 1959-Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin bailed out of his plane at a height of 46,000 feet into a violent thunderstorm, and lived to write about the 45 minute journey (which normally would have been a thirteen minute descent). He described it as one of the most bizarre and painful experiences imaginable.
 
AUGUST 28TH, 1971-Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Doria caused devastating floods in central and northeast New Jersey resulting in 138 million dollars damage. In southeastern Pennsylvania, high winds downed trees and power lines, and in New York City, heavy rains flooded streets and subways.
 
Aug 27 AUGUST 27TH, 1893-The first of three great hurricanes that year struck South Carolina drowning more than 1000 persons in a tidal surge at Charleston.
 
AUGUST 27TH, 1964-Hurricane Cleo battered Miami and the South Florida area. It was the first direct hit for Miami in fourteen years. Winds gusted to 135 mph, and the hurricane caused 125 million dollars damage.
 
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