Subtropical Storm Andrea was the first named storm and first subtropical
cyclone of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. Six people drowned as a
result of the storm. It arose out of an extratropical storm that
attained hurricane-force winds on May 7, three and a half weeks before
the official start of the hurricane season. A non-tropical low developed
on May 9 about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Daytona Beach, Florida.
It weakened to a subtropical depression the next day while remaining
nearly stationary, and the National Hurricane Center discontinued
advisories early on May 11. Andrea was the first pre-season storm since
Tropical Storm Ana in April 2003 and the first Atlantic named storm in
May since Tropical Storm Arlene in 1981. The storm produced rough surf
along the coastline from Florida to North Carolina, causing beach
erosion and some damage. In some areas, the waves eroded up to 20 feet
(6 m) of beach, leaving 70 homes in danger of collapse. Off North
Carolina, high waves of 34 feet (10 m) and tropical-storm-force winds
damaged three boats; their combined nine passengers sustained injuries
before being rescued by the Coast Guard.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Jews in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina rebelled against
the rule of Constantius Gallus, Caesar of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Great Turkish War: Ottoman forces prevailed over Venetian
irregulars in the Battle on Vrtijeljka.
Pontiac of the Odawa Native American tribe led an attempt to
seize Fort Detroit from the British, marking the start of Pontiac’s War.
Alexander Stepanovich Popov presented his radio receiver,
refined as a lightning detector, to the Russian Physical and Chemical
Police in Napier, New Zealand, began a 40-hour siege of the
home of a former New Zealand Army member who shot at officers during the
routine execution of a search warrant.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(Eastern Orthodoxy) The liturgical vestment worn by priests and bishops
of the Eastern Orthodox Church as the symbol of their priesthood,
corresponding to the Western stole.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In love all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and
are lost. Only in love are unity and duality not at variance. Love must
be one and two at the same time. Only love is motion and rest in one.
Our heart ever changes its place till it finds love, and then it has its
rest. But this rest itself is an intense form of activity where utter
quiescence and unceasing energy meet at the same point in love.
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