Hurricane John was the eleventh named storm, seventh hurricane, and
fifth major hurricane of the 2006 Pacific hurricane season. Hurricane
John developed on August 28 from a tropical wave to the south of Mexico.
Favorable conditions allowed the storm to intensify quickly, and it
attained peak winds of 135 mph (215 km/h) on August 30. Eyewall
replacement cycles and land interaction with western Mexico weakened the
hurricane, and John made landfall on southeastern Baja California Sur
with winds of 110 mph (180 km/h) on September 1. It slowly weakened as
it moved northwestward through the Baja California peninsula, and
dissipated on September 4. The hurricane threatened large portions of
the western coastline of Mexico, resulting in the evacuation of tens of
thousands of people. In coastal portions of western Mexico, strong winds
downed trees, while heavy rain resulted in mudslides. Hurricane John
caused moderate damage on the Baja California peninsula, including the
destruction of more than 200 houses and thousands of flimsy shacks. The
hurricane killed five people in Mexico, and damage totaled $663 million
(2006 MXN, $60.8 million 2006 USD).
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A policy of deliberate inactivity.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the
less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government,
is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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