Tropical Storm Allison was a tropical storm that devastated southeast
Texas in June of the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season. The first storm
of the season, Allison lasted unusually long for a June storm,
remaining tropical or subtropical for 15 days. The storm developed
from a tropical wave in the northern Gulf of Mexico on June 4, and
struck the northern Texas coast shortly thereafter. It drifted
northward through the state, then turned back to the south and
re-entered the Gulf of Mexico. The storm continued to the
east-northeast, making landfall on Louisiana and then moving across
the southeast United States and Mid-Atlantic. Allison was the first
storm since Tropical Storm Frances in 1998 to strike the upper Texas
coastline. The storm dropped heavy rainfall along its path, peaking at
over 40 inches (1000 mm) in Texas. The worst of the flooding occurred
in Houston, where most of Allison's damage occurred. There, 30,000
became homeless after the flooding destroyed 2,744 homes.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a novella about Ebenezer
Scrooge, was first published.
World War I: The Battle of Verdun on the Western Front ended as the
French drove the Germans back to their starting positions.
NASA astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt
aboard Apollo 17 returned to Earth. No human has visited the Moon
The Altair 8800, widely recognized as the spark that led to the
personal computer revolution of the next few years, went on sale.
The People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom signed the
Sino-British Joint Declaration, agreeing to the transfer of
sovereignty of Hong Kong to China on July 1 1997.
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Wikiquote of the day:
In such an ugly time the true protest is beauty. -- Phil Ochs