Hurricane Fabian was a powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane that hit
Bermuda in early September during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season.
Fabian, the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and first major
hurricane of the season, developed from a tropical wave in the tropical
Atlantic Ocean on August 25. It moved west-northwestward under the
influence of the subtropical ridge to its north, and steadily
strengthened in an area of warm water temperatures and light wind
shear. The hurricane attained a peak intensity of 145 mph (230 km/h) on
September 1, and it slowly weakened as it turned northward. On
September 5, Fabian made a direct hit on the island of Bermuda with
wind speeds of over 120 mph (195 km/h). After passing the island, the
hurricane turned to the northeast, and became extratropical on
September 8. Fabian was the strongest hurricane to hit Bermuda since
Hurricane Arlene in 1963. It was both the most damaging and the first
hurricane to cause a death on the island since 1926. The hurricane's
powerful winds resulted in moderate damage and destroyed roofs
throughout the island. A strong storm surge associated with the
hurricane killed four people crossing a causeway on Bermuda,
temporarily closing the only link between two islands. In all, Fabian
caused around $300 million (2003 USD, $330 million 2006 USD) in damage
and eight deaths.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
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The Menai Suspension Bridge, connecting the island of Anglesey and the
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Minh's military junta in South Vietnam, less than three months after
Minh came to power in a bloody coup against then-President of South
Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem.
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