THE WEATHER: Vicious Lady

U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologists spotted the glowering, doughnut-shaped lady far out at sea, east of the Bahamas, early last week. They nicknamed her "Bessie's Hurricane." Red and black hurricane flags went up along the Florida coast. Fishing smacks and yachts scudded for home ports. Floridians methodically, almost casually, shuttered their homes, secured everything that could move, filled bathtubs with drinking and cooking water, got out candles and kerosene lamps.

Bessie smashed with a fierce, unladylike scream at the Florida coast from Fort Lauderdale, 24 miles north of Miami, to the yacht-and...

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