Hurricane Kiko was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to ever make
landfall on the eastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula. The
eleventh named storm of the 1989 Pacific hurricane season, Kiko formed
out of a large mesoscale convective system on August 25. Slowly
tracking northwestward, the storm rapidly intensified into a hurricane
early the next day. Strengthening continued until early August 27, when
Kiko reached its peak intensity with winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). The
storm turned west at this time, and at around 0600 UTC, the storm made
landfall near Punta Arena on the southern tip of Baja California. The
hurricane rapidly weakened into a tropical storm later that day and
further into a tropical depression by August 28, shortly after entering
the Pacific Ocean. The depression persisted for another day while
tracking southward, before being absorbed by nearby Tropical Storm
Lorena. Though Kiko made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, its impact
was relatively minor. Press reports indicated that 20 homes were
destroyed and numerous highways were flooded by torrential rains.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Kiko_(1989)>
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
(transitive) To restrain, subdue, or control by awe; to cow.
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￼ Is not the real experience of each individual very limited?
And, if a writer dwells upon that solely or principally, is he not in
danger of repeating himself, and also of becoming an egotist? Then, too,
imagination is a strong, restless faculty, which claims to be heard and
exercised: are we to be quite deaf to her cry, and insensate to her
struggles? When she shows us bright pictures, are we never to look at
them, and try to reproduce them? And when she is eloquent, and speaks
rapidly and urgently in our ear, are we not to write to her dictation?
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