Hurricane MitchHurricane Mitch
was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever observed, with sustained winds
at one point of 180 MPH
. Mitch battered Central America
, 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
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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