Sept. 13, 1928: What may have been a Category 5 hurricane strikes Puerto Rico. The storm had already torn through the Lesser Antilles, devastating the island of Guadeloupe. The storm moves on to south Florida, where it breaches a levee on the shallow Lake Okeechobee. The Florida floods kill an estimated 2,500 people, and as many as 2,000 others are killed in the Caribbean.
Sept. 13, 1962: Point Reyes National Seashore (at right) is established on a windswept peninsula north of San Francisco.
Sept. 13, 1988: Hurricane Gilbert pounds the Cayman Islands with 155 mph winds. Gilbert causes 319 deaths over a huge geographic area, from flooding in Venezuela and Costa Rica to spinoff tornadoes that kill three in Texas.
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