Hurricane Claudette was the third tropical storm and first hurricane of
the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. A fairly long-lived July Atlantic
hurricane, Claudette began as a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean.
It moved quickly westward, brushing past the Yucatán Peninsula before
moving northwestward through the Gulf of Mexico. Claudette remained a
tropical storm until just before making landfall in Port O'Connor,
Texas, when it quickly strengthened to a strong Category 1 hurricane.
Forecasting its path and intensity was uncertain, resulting in
widespread and often unnecessary preparations along its path. Claudette
was the first hurricane to make landfall in July in the United States
since Hurricane Danny in the 1997 season. The hurricane caused one death
and moderate damage in Texas, mostly from strong winds, as well as
extensive beach erosion. Because of the damage, President George W. Bush
declared portions of South Texas as a Federal Disaster Area, allowing
the affected citizens to apply for aid. Claudette also caused
significant rainfall and minor damage in the Mexican state of Quintana
Roo, as well as minor damage on Saint Lucia.
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Operation Queen commenced in Düren, Germany, with one of the
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There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be
done. It is not, however, something as simple as following a set of
somebody else's rules. The noetic enterprise is a primary obligation
toward being. Our salvation is linked to it. Not everyone has to read
alchemical texts or study superconducting biomolecules to make the
transition. Most people make it naively by thinking clearly about the
present at hand, but we intellectuals are trapped in a world of too much
information. Innocence is gone for us. We cannot expect to cross the
rainbow bridge through a good act of contrition; that will not be
sufficient. We have to understand.