Hurricane Lane was the strongest Pacific hurricane to make landfall in
Mexico since Hurricane Kenna of 2002. The thirteenth named storm, ninth
hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the 2006 Pacific hurricane
season, Lane developed from a tropical wave on September 13 to the
south of Mexico. It moved northwestward parallel to the coast of
Mexico, and steadily intensified in an area conducive to further
strengthening. After turning to the northeast, Lane attained peak winds
of 125 mph (205 km/h), and made landfall in the Mexican state of
Sinaloa at peak strength. It rapidly weakened and dissipated on
September 17, and later brought precipitation to southern Texas.
Throughout its path, Lane resulted in four deaths and moderate damage.
Damage was heaviest in Sinaloa where the hurricane made landfall,
including reports of severe crop damage. Across Mexico, an estimated
4,320 homes were affected by the hurricane, with about 248,000 people
affected. Moderate flooding was reported in Acapulco, resulting in
mudslides in some areas. Damage across the country totaled $2.2 billion
(2006 MXN), or $203 million (2006 USD).
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Powhatan Confederacy under Chief Opchanacanough killed almost 350
English settlers around Jamestown, a third of the Colony of Virginia's
The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Stamp Act, requiring that
many printed materials in the Thirteen Colonies in British North
America carry a tax stamp, adding fuel to the growing separatist
movement in the area.
Phan Xich Long, the self-proclaimed Emperor of Vietnam, was arrested
for organising a revolt against the colonial rule of French Indochina,
which was later carried out by his supporters the following day.
World War II: The entire population of the village of Khatyn in Belarus
was burnt alive by Nazi German forces, with participation from their
Ukrainian and Belarusian collaborators.
Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Transjordan, and Yemen
founded the Arab League , a regional organization that facilitates
political, economic, cultural, scientific and social programs designed
to promote the interests of the Arab world.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Trickery or misrepresentation; hanky panky or skulduggery
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I buoyed me on the wings of dream,
Above the world of sense;
I set my thought to sound the scheme,
And fathom the Immense;
I tuned my spirit as a lute
To catch wind-music wandering mute.
Yet came there never voice nor sign;
But through my being stole
Sense of a Universe divine,
knowledge of a soul
Perfected in the joy of things,
The star, the flower, the bird that
Nor I am more, nor less, than these;
All are one brotherhood;
and all creatures, plants, and trees,
The living limbs of God;
And in an hour, as this, divine,
the vast pulse throb in mine.
--Francis William Bourdillon