1934 Central America hurricane

1934 Central America Hurricane

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The 1934 Central America Hurricane is among the deadliest hurricanes on record. Although a weak hurricane, it killed 1,000-3,000 people, mainly from landslides in Central America, and spawned eight tornadoes when it made landfall in Louisiana.

Meteorological history

The storm formed in the Gulf of Honduras on June 4, a typical site of formation for June Atlantic tropical cyclones. It moved slowly to the west-southwest, and made landfall in Belize (then known as British Honduras) on June 5. The storm maintained tropical storm strength over land while still moving slowly as it executed a counter-clockwise loop over Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. On the 8th, the storm again reached the Caribbean Sea, and briefly reached minimal hurricane strength off the coast of Belize on June 8. It paralleled the coastline before making landfall on the Yucat√°n Peninsula on the 9th.

Over the next two days the storm tracked to the west-northwest before executing a second loop in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12. On the 15th it turned to the northeast, causing a hurricane warning to be issued along the Louisiana coast. The small hurricane made landfall on June 16 near Morgan City, Louisiana with winds of 75 mph, and quickly weakened over land. The storm accelerated to the northeast through the Ohio Valley before becoming extratropical near Virginia on June 19. The extratropical storm continued through the Mid-Atlantic states and New England before dissipating over northeastern......
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