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Today in weather history

In 1998...

After 7 days of meteorological mayhem, Hurricane Mitch finally dissipated. A category five hurricane, he was not only the strongest hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, but also the strongest October Atlantic hurricane on record at that time. He produced as much as an astounding 75 inches of rain, which caused catastrophic flooding in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The horrific flooding alone claimed around 11,000 lives, making Mitch the 2nd deadliest Atlantic Basin hurricane on record. As of 2008, the total official death toll was placed at 19,325.

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