Hurricane Ismael was a weak Pacific hurricane that killed over one
hundred people in northern Mexico in September of the 1995 Pacific
hurricane season. It developed from a persistent area of deep
convection on September 12, and steadily strengthened as it moved to
the north-northwest. Ismael attained hurricane status on September 14
while located 210 miles (340 km) off the coast of Mexico. It continued
to the north, and after passing a short distance east of Baja
California it made landfall on Topolobampo in the state of Sinaloa with
winds of 80 mph (130 km/h). Ismael rapidly weakened over land, and
dissipated on September 16 over northwestern Mexico. The remnants
entered the United States and extended eastward into the Mid-Atlantic
States. Offshore, Ismael produced waves of up to 30 feet (9 m) in
height. Hundreds of fishermen were unprepared by the hurricane, which
was expected to move more slowly, and as a result 52 ships were
wrecked, killing 57 fishermen. The hurricane destroyed thousands of
houses, leaving 30,000 people homeless. On land, Ismael caused 59
casualties in mainland Mexico and resulted in $26 million in damage
(1995 USD, $34.4 million 2006 USD). Moisture from the storm extended
into the United States, causing heavy rainfall and localized moderate
damage in southeastern New Mexico.
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Venezuela, was first published.
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already existed for the past couple of days.
World War I: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Anzac Cove
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