WEATHER: Hurricane in the Gulf

It was near midnight, sultry and sullen, when the Weather Bureau discovered a hurricane blowing up in the Gulf of Mexico. Somewhere near the coast of Yucatan, 540 miles south-southeast of New Orleans, it hovered above the tropical water like some unearthly monster about to heave itself into the sea. Its center, three miles across, moved at 17 m.p.h., while around its periphery in a vast, pumping circle the winds raced counterclockwise at 100 m.p.h. or more. Reaching out 150 miles on either side of its "eye," it moved for three days...

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