Hurricane Guillermo was the sixth strongest Pacific hurricane on record,
attaining peak winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Forming out of a tropical
wave on July 30, 1997, roughly 345 mi (555 km) south of Salina Cruz,
Mexico, Guillermo tracked in a steady west-northwestward direction while
intensifying. The system reached hurricane status by August 1 before
undergoing rapid intensification the following day. At the end of this
phase, the storm attained its peak intensity as a powerful Category 5
hurricane. The storm began to weaken during the afternoon of August 5
and was downgraded to a tropical storm on August 8. On August 15, the
storm reached an unusually high latitude of 41.8°N before transitioning
into an extratropical cyclone. The remnants persisted for more than a
week as they tracked towards the northeast and later south and east
before being absorbed by a larger extratropical system off the coast of
California on August 24. Throughout Guillermo's extensive track, the
storm never threatened any major landmass. However, owing to its extreme
intensity, it produced large swells across the Pacific Ocean, affecting
areas from Hawaii to coastal Mexico. Along the American Pacific coast,
three people drowned because of high waves, two in Baja California and
one in California.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Manuel II (pictured), the last King of Portugal, fled to
Gibraltar when a revolution erupted in Lisbon and the Portuguese First
Republic was proclaimed the next day.
An ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, US, exploded
killing over 100 people and destroying more than 300 buildings.
Willie Gillis, one of Norman Rockwell's trademark characters,
debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
The new constitution establishing the French Fifth Republic,
France's current political regime, was introduced.
The dam holding a waste reservoir in western Hungary collapsed,
freeing 1 million cubic metres (1,300,000 cu yd) of red mud, which
flooded nearby communities and killed at least nine people.
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The loaflike form of a domestic cat sitting with paws tucked underneath
Wikiquote quote of the day:
For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now
so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is
increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as
a man or not at all.
--Rutherford B. Hayes
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