Hurricane Kyle was the fourth longest-lived Atlantic tropical or
subtropical cyclone on record. The eleventh named storm and third
hurricane of the 2002 Atlantic hurricane season, Kyle developed as a
subtropical cyclone on September 20 to the east-southeast of Bermuda.
Looping westward, it transitioned into a tropical cyclone and became a
hurricane on September 25. For the next two weeks, Kyle tracked
generally westward, oscillating in strength several times because of
fluctuations in environmental conditions. On October 11, the cyclone
turned northeastward and made landfalls near Charleston, South
Carolina, and Long Beach, North Carolina, at tropical storm status.
After lasting as a cyclone for 22 days, Kyle dissipated on October 12
as it was absorbed by an approaching cold front. The hurricane brought
light precipitation to Bermuda, but no significant damage was reported
there. Moderate rainfall accompanied its two landfalls in the United
States, causing localized flash flooding and road closures. Floodwaters
forced the evacuation of a nursing home and several mobile homes in
South Carolina. Kyle spawned at least four tornadoes, the costliest of
which struck Georgetown, South Carolina; it damaged 106 buildings and
destroyed seven others, causing eight injuries. Overall damage totaled
about $5 million (2002 USD, $6 million 2008 USD), and no direct deaths
were reported. However, the remnants of Kyle contributed to one
indirect death in the British Isles.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Spanish navigator, explorer, and conquistador Vicente Yáñez Pinzón
reached the north coast of what today is Brazil.
Captain Arthur Phillip and the British First Fleet landed at Sydney
Cove on the shore of Port Jackson in present-day Sydney, establishing
the first permanent European settlement in Australia.
Governor of New South Wales William Bligh was deposed by the New South
Wales Corps in the only successful armed takeover of government in
Australia's recorded history.
The Cullinan Diamond, the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found
at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), was discovered at the Premier Mine in
Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa.
Indian independence movement: India officially became a republic under
a new constitution, with Rajendra Prasad as its first president.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
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