Tropical storm grows
as Emmy flits about
>. 'toJZ&OfL* be JQce *S*r;a
said one Lafayette lire TTgrTt-
er, who appeared more interested in the results of Saturday night's Miss America
contest than in the storm that,
The old cliche — "better safe than
awry" — seemed to be the motto of
Houston area shoppers Wednertay as
Hurricane Anita sulke** ofl tllf rft*Rt
trying m flecide where to pi*v havoc
^S^Gerfrude crawls -^
closer to Barbados
Hurrifene Babe spawns
Carmen caught Chico La-
»»nt almost by surprise as he
•»s entertaining patrons in
is Delcambre restaurant and
•r whence jsuddenlv turned
<%st and swept through that
•iy fishing village south of
.^re early Sunday morning.
'That thing was supposed
JII told him he was lucky
only his hand was cut. Thjfi
storm, sjycoujda been bad
he said, turning to stare a
flickering television set.
Amateur storm pinups
reveal eye for form
NILES. I1L (AP) — Like many another man, Dave
Farmer has a line of pinups in his basement recreation
room. Well, not exactly like many another man.
"Blanche is my favorite — perfectly formed, classic features, and that eye right in the middle. Beautiful!" explains 46-year-old Farmer.
Eye in the middle? That's right, Farmer's pinups —
Blanche. Denise, Carlotta, Elinore. Hillary — are hurricanes he's photographed with the aid of weather satellites
and $68 worth of homemade equipment put together with
one of his three sons, 16-year-old George.
'armer, an engineer with International Harvester,
^c* ted his hobby two years ago but got all the equipment
.King only last fall.
Included in his equipment are old pipe fittings, window
screens, aluminum clothesline wire, old motors, parts of
an old television set, an FM receiver "once used by my
wife to listen to opera" and an ancient Associated Press
The hobby has changed Fanner's life-style since the best
tracking time of the weather satellites is when they are
passing over the Midwest in the morning or at night.
*Tm at it from about 6:30 p.m. to around 10 p.m., and
sometimes again at 5 a.m. — I'm tied to satellites," he said.
tornado, unleashes rains
Uarmen loses punch
Belle's temper calmer thar» y c ed
Fifi rips 5 nations; ,*.**\$ Cftr . ^IaS
Dottie steps onto land
with deceptive limp
BELIZE CITY, Belize (UPI) - Hurricane
Fifi slammed into Cejitra) America Thursday,
.iringfiig■"3SCB5S aiul torrential
rains and flooding to five countries.
By JIM MALONEY
, Approaching hurricanes always revive
memories nf f)li|)p,r !*di*s of the s(La
which have passed tms way.
Persons who have been In the
Houston-Galveston area for for 13 years
or longer begin telling newcomers about
themessy visit of ~
If you have moved up from Corpus
Christi in the last year or so, you've
probably told the tale of the high winds
AND IF YOU MOVED in from the
Brownsville region since 1967, you'll tell
a utory of one otlhe wettest ladles__ol
Whether you have a hurricane story of
your own, you can likely tell one after
reading of the horror — long before they
started giving ^g%£2£^^
which made a watery grave ul UlW»Un
for more than 6,000 persons in 1900.
A JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
fter years of confronting tempestu-
<*« females-like Alma iw^ ^
Carmen—the men of the Navy's
Hurricane Hunters squadron now
face a different kind of femalejchaj-
lenge^ Her name is Judy—not a hurricane, but a swejet, shy 26-year-old who
BEULAH, BILLED AS THE "hurricane of the century" as she was forming
in the Gulf, was the next storm to hit the
state. She didn't live un to that bU
Then came Celia on Aug. 3, 1970. She
crossed the coast near Corpus Christi
Celia wasn't as big as some of hpr ni
WnnHTr?c?rded at 162 m.p.BT
these winds subsided, Celia had can*
damage estimated at $453,773,000. Sor
how, Celia tookjmlyjljiye^
Residents along the Gulf Coast did not
Ictive sea ladies oi gs. if
le most destructive in Terins of
Acjoje^oimied from Florida to New
YoTOnVWrTfflfects were felt far inland
from June 14-23, 1972. After the cleanup,
it was estimated that Agnes caused $3.5
billion in damage. Damage in Pennsylvania alone was estimated at $2.1 billion.
Fifty died in that state. And Agnes-
spawned 15 tornadoes in FloriflA 4nd two
is the first woman pilot to join the ranks
of the Hurricane Hunters.
Lt. Judy Neuffer joined the 200-man
squadron at the base here in early June.
She was fresh from a year of flight training, and the gold pilot's wings pinned
to her trim blue uniform were just a
few weeks old.
ton County Disaster Preparedness Agen-
- said he was advising callers to treat
* thunderstorm. "It doesn t
-* if it's going to be
cruise," Schwak said,
go out tonight."
Hurricane Center foi
tracking two other At)
neither of which was ?
uuui, UUl leSSUlttli iwuuuuid
) have a good
LAFAYETTE, La. - Aca-
i a n French residents of.
•uth Louisiana upyp , Q^gyng
fickle Spanish-named Hum'.
'"f.^raen as ^gv'Picked
1 debris' and patched up
>ofs in the path of the storm
Caroline cools her heels
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