Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Today in Severe Weather History for August 18

On this date in 1983, Hurricane Alicia struck the coast of Texas.  At the time it was one of the most costliest storms in U.S. History, causing over $3.5 billion in property damage.

Thirteen people were killed and over 1800 injured.  The system produced 130 mph winds at Galveston Island and spawned over 30 tornadoes in southcentral and southeast Texas.

Heavy rain was also widespread with the system, which produced nearly 10 inches in Southeast Texas.  A wide swath of 3-5 inch rains fell all the way up into Oklahoma.

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