NOAA 99-R322
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Viets
11/1/99

HURRICANE FLOYD AND DROUGHT REPORTS AVAILABLE ON LINE, NOAA ANNOUNCES

A special report on Hurricane Floyd, which provides information on rainfall, windspeed, damages, power outages, and satellite images, has been placed on line, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today.

The report, by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, contains a side-by-side comparison of Hurricanes Floyd and Andrew, with Floyd measuring more than twice the size of Andrew. For a special report on Floyd, visit:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/extremes/1999/september/extremes0999.html

Before Hurricane Floyd hit the United States, many eastern states were experiencing a severe drought with high temperatures. The drought brought agricultural losses, over $1 billion in damages; and 256 deaths. A special report on the Eastern drought and heat wave is now available from the climate center at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/research/1999/sum/us_drought.html

The climate center has also updated its "Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters, 1980-1999," with links to special reports of many of the events, including Floyd and the summer drought.