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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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May 31, 1960:

A late evening thunderstorm cut a path of destruction, principally from high winds from Beadle County, northeast to Roberts and Grant Counties. Twelve head of cattle electrocuted for a downed high tensions wire occurred at Wolsey. Winds with gusts of 65 to 75 mph were observed at Huron and Watertown. A grain elevator tipped over and a windmill was destroyed near Willow Lake. A Steel corn crib was blown over at Hayti and damaged occurred to other farm buildings and implements.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 100 (1934) Aberdeen: 23 (1897)
Kennebec: 100 (1934) Kennebec: 33 (1903)
Mobridge: 97 (1934) Mobridge: 32 (2012)
Pierre: 95 (1940) Pierre: 33 (2012)
Sisseton: 110 (1934) Sisseton: 35 (1964)
Timber Lake: 96 (1914) Timber Lake: 34 (1964)
Watertown: 101 (1934) Watertown: 24 (1897)
Wheaton: 91 (2002) Wheaton: 35 (1964)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (1919)
Kennebec: 0.84" (1970)
Mobridge: 1.70" (1981)
Pierre: 2.46" (1949)
Sisseton: 2.33" (1954)
Timber Lake: 0.99" (1980)
Watertown: 3.26" (1945)
Wheaton: 2.44" (1938) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.