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Hurricane Mitch

Hurricane Mitch was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever observed, with sustained winds at one point of 180 MPH or 290km/h. Mitch battered Central America in 1998, killing an astounding 11,000 people. It was the deadliest hurricane in over 200 years, and second deadliest ever. Only the Great Hurricane of 1780 in the Lesser Antilles was worse.

Deaths were mostly from flooding, when the slow-moving hurricane and then tropical storm dropped nearly three feet or 90cm of rain. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed.

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