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Hurricane Alicia

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Hurricane Alicia shortly after landfall
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Hurricane Alicia shortly after landfall

Hurricane Alicia formed in the Gulf of Mexico in August 1983. It quickly strengthened to a Category 3 storm, and made landfall in Galveston, Texas on August 18. The storm moved northward, its eye passing over Houston. That city suffered millions of dollars in damage, including thousands of shattered glass panes from downtown skyscrapers. In the end, Alicia killed 22 people and caused $2 billion in damage ($3.4 billion in 2000 dollars).

Alicia was the first storm for which the National Hurricane Center issued landfall probabilities.

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