Hurricanes Hit Both American Coasts

Hurricanes Hit Both American Coasts
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San Salvador, El Salvador, September 4, 2007—Lighting strikes in the capital city during a thunderstorm as Hurricane Felix approaches. (See a map of El Salvador).

Felix, a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall early Tuesday in nearby Nicaragua, becoming the second storm to hit the Caribbean coast and Central America this year, after Hurricane Dean. The first time two Category 5 storms have made landfall in the same year since record keeping began in the 1800s.

At the same time, Hurricane Henriette, hit the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico as a Category 1 storm, the first time Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have made landfall on the same day since the 1940's.

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