Nation: Frederic the Fearsome

Nine deaths, more than $1 billion in damage

While Hurricane David made its deadly passage through the Caribbean two weeks ago, a successor storm named Frederic dawdled not far behind. Last week, Fred suddenly turned ugly and churned northward, forcing half a million people to flee a 100-mile stretch of the coast, from Gulfport, Miss., to Pensacola, Fla.

Worst hit was Mobile, Ala. For four hours, Frederic pummeled the city with winds of up to 130 m.p.h. and tides 12 ft. above normal. The hurricane swept a freighter onto a pier in Mobile Bay and...

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