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2002 Damage Reports



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Tropical Storm Bertha, 40mph winds

  • Hits southeast Louisiana on August 4th from the south-southeast.
  • Louisiana: Streets flooded in the city of Slidell on Lake Pontchartrain's north shore. The waters receded in a matter of hours but more heavy rain was expected.
  • Florida: In Florida, officials said a Louisiana man apparently drowned in rough surf kicked up Sunday afternoon as Bertha was approaching tropical storm strength of 40 mph. It happened in the barrier island community of Perdido Key at the western end of the Florida Panhandle.
  • Mississippi: More than a dozen homes were reported flooded in Jackson County on the Mississippi coast, where 7 inches of rain fell overnight.

Tropical Storm Fay, September 6th & 7th

  • Freeport, Texas: Fay comes ashore just south of here dumping up to 20 inches of rain in & around Freeport. Coastal roads flooded in wee hours of the morning as she moves onshore.
  • Surfside, Texas: Roofs blown off 2 homes & heavy flooding.
  • Galveston County, Texas: Portions of Highway 87 under water.
  • Matagorda, Texas: Road to Chinquapin is under water.

Tropical Storm Gustav, North Carolina, September 11th

  • Outer Banks: Knocked out power to parts of Hatteras Island and the Dare County mainland, flooding polling places and causing elections officials to scramble just to get the votes counted. At least two polling sites -- the fire station in Frisco and the community building in Hatteras Village -- were forced to close early because they were flooding, and polling workers had to be evacuated by fire trucks. Ocracoke Island also lost power during the afternoon at about 1:30 when the breakers that make up transmission line from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke went out.

Tropical Storm Hanna, September 14th

  • Pensacola, Florida: 20 year old man dies in surf. 20,000 without power in Florida panhandle.
  • Dauphin Island, Alabama: Power out on island. Some roads under water.
  • Destin, Florida: Waterspout moves onshore causing some damage.

Isidore

  • Jamaica: Reports heavy flooding in several neighborhoods.
  • West Cuba: 100mph winds cause moderate damage.
  • Merida, Mexico: 2 killed. Heavy damage to beach front homes. 300,000 homeless in Yucatan peninsula.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Up to 15 inches of rain fell in the area causing heavy flooding.
  • Grand Isle, Louisiana: Storm surge flooding reported.
  • Gulfport, Mississippi: 10 inches of rain.
  • Biloxi, Mississippi: 8.5 feet storm surge rolls in flooded coastal dwellings. Across Mississippi 4,400 homes were damaged.
  • Escambia County, Florida: 103 homes flooded.

Lili, September 23rd

  • Barbados: 400 homes damaged as roofs blow off by then Tropical Storm Lili with 60mph winds.
  • Saint Lucia: Half of banana crops destroyed.
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 4 killed by mudslide into a home.
  • Jamaica: Homes flooded in central Saint Catherine Parish. 4 killed by drownings. Sugarcane fields destroyed.
  • Haiti: Town of Tiburon, southwest area waves damaged several homes. 12 killed in Haiti by flooding.
  • Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands: Some roof damage, trees & power poles down from Lili's 80mph winds.
  • West Cuba: Reports worse damage than from Isidore & Michelle from last year as the strengthening cat 2 hurricane roared through. The United Nations estimates that 60,000 houses have been damaged by the hurricanes - 8,000 of which have been totally destroyed.
  • Vermilion Parish, Louisiana: High winds shattered windows, tipped over mobile homes and knocked out power to all of its 19,800 homes.
  • New Iberia, Louisiana: Gusts as high as 92 mph hurled pieces of metal through the air in New Iberia and blew down a 50-foot-high sign at the Holiday Inn. In Rayne, tin roofing that was ripped away from a lumber warehouse lay across the railroad tracks, curled up like giant potato chips. Nearby, Paul Bott, a 50-year-old oil worker, set up buckets in his bathroom to catch rainwater cascading from holes punched through his roof by a fallen tree.
  • Laffayette, Louisiana: Some roof damage, many trees down, windows blown in in downtown areas. Cox Communications' main tower blew down about 10 a.m. and fell on a house in the April Street-Eraste Landry Road neighborhood. Two residents of nearby Whispering Pines Apartments rescued a woman from the home at about 11:30 a.m., said neighbor June Kohn, also of Whispering Pines. The woman taken from the house was transported to University Medical Center with an ankle injury.
  • Arcadia, Louisiana: Two men injured by a flying roof.
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: Levees breached by storm surge.
  • Crowley, Louisiana: Extensive damage. People trapped in homes.

Kyle, October 11th & 12th

  • Clarendon County, South Carolina: Roads were washed out after about 6 inches of rain fell. About a dozen people were rescued from homes surrounded by rising water.
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: About 8 inches of rain flooded several homes, a grocery store and a senior citizen center.
  • Georgetown, South Carolina: A possible twister blew down power lines, tree limbs and overturned mobile homes, police said. Eight people suffered minor injuries.
  • North Carolina: Four homes were destroyed and at least a dozen more were damaged.