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Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, with him at the head of the table is the President of the Council, John O. Brennen. June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Mr. Obama was briefed by Federal Agencies and Departments that respond to Hurricanes. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

West Indian Hurricane of September 1-10, 1900

Hurricane Damage near Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts

Hurricane Damage near Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts

Fallen Tree near Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts after a Hurricane

Fallen Tree near Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts after a Hurricane

Marblehead Waterfront after Hurricane - Marblehead, Massachusetts

Railway Washout from the Hurricane of 1938 in Sewalls, New Hampshire

Damage at Crescent Beach in East Lyme, Connecticut from the Hurricane of 1938

View along Atlantic Avenue in Westerly, Rhode Island after the Hurricane of 1938

View along Atlantic Avenue in Westerly, Rhode Island before the Hurricane of 1938

Flooding in the Business District of Providence, Rhode Island due to the Hurricane of 1938

Women Lumberjacks Carrying Logs at Turkey Pond, New Hampshire, as Part of an Experimental Project to Saw up Seven Million Feet of 1938 Hurricane Lumber

Galilee Harbor, Rhode Island during Hurricane Carol

Derailed Passenger Train Bostonian in Stonington, Connecticut after Hurricane Carol

Flooding at the Green in Torrington, Connecticut during Hurricane Diane

Flooding at Main Street in Winsted, Connecticut during Hurricane Diane

Plant Destroyed by Fire during Hurricane Diane Flooding in Mechanicsville, Connecticut

Flooding at Main Street in Winsted, Connecticut during Hurricane Diane, as seen from Willow Street

Flooding at Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania during Hurricane Diane

Flooding in Easton, Pennsylvania during Hurricane Diane

Flooding at Warren Street in Trenton, New Jersey during Hurricane Diane

Gemini V Mission Image - Brazil, French Guiana, Hurricane Betsy

Gemini X Mission Image - Hurricane Celia

Gemini X Mission Image - Hurricane Celia

AS07-07-1874 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-08-1930 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gloria

AS07-07-1878 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-08-1892 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-07-1801 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys, Gulf of Mexico

AS07-07-1875 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-07-1877 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-08-1919 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-08-1891 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

AS07-08-1929 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gloria

AS07-07-1876 - Apollo 7 - Apollo 7 Mission, Hurricane Gladys in the Gulf of Mexico

Warwick and West Earl Townships, Pa., April 7, 2013 -- A sign on the Zook's Mill covered bridge in Lancaster County shows the level of Cocalico Creek at the peak of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. FEMA funds covered 75 percent of the $162,272 cost to repair the 164-year-old bridge from damage by Tropical Storm Lee Hurricane Irene in 2011

AIRMAN Katrina Mugg, a weather observer with the 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, prepares to release a dropsonde from the cargo bay of a WC-130 Hercules aircraft. She and the crew are tracking hurricane David

WC-130 Hercules aircrews of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, listen to a preflight briefing. They are preparing for a mission to monitor Hurricane Allen

A technician examines an instrument readout aboard a WC-130 Hercules aircraft of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, during an investigation of Hurricane Allen

A radar operator monitors a console aboard a WC-130 Hercules aircraft of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, during an investigation of Hurricane Allen

WC-130 Hercules aircraft of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, undergo preflight maintenance on the flight line. They are being prepared for a mission to monitor Hurricane Allen

A copilot monitors instruments in the cockpit of a WC-130 Hercules aircraft of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group, during an investigation of Hurricane Allen

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jerry F. Bonin, squadron operations officer of the 815th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, plots the course of Hurricane Allen on a map

Artwork: "Witold Urbanowicz's Hurricane, Sept. 1940" Artist: Max Crace

A large tree fell through the roof of this house during by Hurricane Iwa

A view of a supply warehouse (Building #1017) that was damaged by high winds during by Hurricane Iwa

An interior view of damage to the roof of Building #2030 caused by Hurricane Iwa

A view of a dock that was destroyed and several small boats that were damaged or capsized in Hickam Harbor during by Hurricane Iwa

Debris from the roof of Building #1722 blocks a road after Hurricane Iwa passes by

A view of a picnic area that was damaged by high winds during by Hurricane Iwa

An interior view of the damage to the officer's club caused by Hurricane Iwa

A clean-up crew picks up tree branches knocked down by Hurricane Iwa

The loadmaster of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft guides a portable electric generator into the cargo hold of the aircraft. The generator is being airlifted to Kauai to provide power to areas left without electricity by Hurricane Iwa

A portable electric power generator is loaded aboard a C-141B Starlifter aircraft for shipment to Kauai, Hawaii. The generator is being airlifted to Kauai to provide power to areas left without electricity by Hurricane Iwa

Crewmen aboard the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) prepare to lower tires over the side. The CONSERVER is in port to salvage a Coast Guard boat that sank when hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Crewmen aboard the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) prepare to lower a portable generator over the side. The CONSERVER is in port to assist after hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Aerial view of devastation wreaked to a housing development by Hurricane Iwa

Aerial port view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS INDIANAPOLIS (SSN-697) and the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) moored abreast. The ships are in port to provide assistance after hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Crewmen from the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) position a tire in the water, as they prepare to begin salvage operations on a Coast Guard boat that sank when hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Crewmen aboard the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) attach lines to tires as they prepare to lower them over the side. The CONSERVER is in port to salvage a Coast Guard boat that sank when hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Aerial view of devastation left behind by hurricane Iwa

ADM Sylvester R. Foley, Jr., commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, (center), prepares to depart after a tour to inspect the damage wreaked by hurricane Iwa

A view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS INDIANAPOLIS (SSN-697) and the salvage ship USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) moored abreast, as seen from the crows nest of the CONSERVER. The ships are in port to provide assistance after hurricane Iwa passed through the area

Jefferson Parish, La., May 14, 2013 -- Woodmere Elementary was originally built in 1984 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. FEMA provided more than $22.4 million in funding to replace the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA

First LT. Jill James, a WC-130 Hercules aircraft pilot from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters", assist retired LT. COL. Ralph O'Hair with his life preserver. O'Hair was a member of the first aircrew to penetrate a hurricane forty years ago

A group of T-34C Mentor aircraft of Training 27 (VT-27), Training Air Wing 4 (TAW-4), find shelter from Hurricane Gilbert at Sheppard Air Force Base

A Gulfstream II aircraft flown by NASA finds shelter from Hurricane Gilbert at Sheppard Air Force Base

A group of F-4C Phantom II aircraft from the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group of the Texas Air National Guard find shelter from Hurricane Gilbert at Sheppard Air Force Base

Damage inflicted when Hurricane Gilbert, known as the Storm of the Century, struck Kelly AFB, Texas. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Damage inflicted when Hurricane Gilbert, known as the Storm of the Century, struck Kelly AFB, Texas. Exact Date Shot Unknown

T-34C Mentor aircraft line the airfield after they were flown to the base to avoid the possibility of being damaged by Hurricane Gilbert. The planes are U.S. Navy aircraft from Training Wing 4, based at Corpus Christi, Texas

T-34C Mentor aircraft line the airfield after they were flown to the base to avoid the possibility of being damaged by Hurricane Gilbert. The planes are U.S. Navy aircraft from Training Wing 4, based at Corpus Christi, Texas

Aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, AIRMAN 1ST Class Timothy Fields places a wind sonde into "the tube," from which it will be dropped into Hurricane Gilbert to relay meteorological data back to the aircraft

SGT James Maddox, the drop wind sonde operator aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft, takes a moment to eat his lunch as the aircraft orbits the eye of Hurricane Gilbert, gathering meteorological data. The aircraft is assigned Keesler Air Force Base, Mississ

Four drop wind sondes are calibrated in an "incubator" aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft before being dropped into Hurricane Gilbert to relay information on wind speed, dew point and barometric pressure back to the aircraft. The aircraft from the 53rd We

A sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico is sandwiched between two layers of clouds pushed by the advancing Hurricane Gilbert, as seen from a WC-130H Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

Aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft, SGT James Maddox, a drop wind sonde operator with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, monitors the information being displayed on the computer terminal at his station as the aircraft orbits the eye of Hurricane Gi

The pilot and co-pilot of a WC-130H Hercules guide their aircraft into a cloud bank after flying through the eye of Hurricane Gilbert to collect meteorological data. The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based at K

A WC-130H Hercules aircraft crew from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is given a briefing on the weather aloft as Hurricane Gilbert advances across the Gulf of Mexico. The crew will fly their aircraft into the hurricane Gilbert advances across th

A1C Timothy Fields of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron readies an computer aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft to receive information that will be transmitted by wind sondes dropped into Hurricane Gilbert. The aircraft is flying into the hurricane

The eye of Hurricane Gilbert, as seen from a left-side window of a WC-130H Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron cruising at 10,000 feet

A close-up view of one of the video displays at the drop wind sonde operator's station aboard a WC-130H Hercules aircraft. This particular display relates data being gathered from wind sondes dropped into Hurricane Gilbert from a 53rd Weather Reconnaissan

1LT Mark Israelitt, a navigator with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, plans the course that his WC-130H Hercules aircraft will take across the Gulf of Mexico as it travels into Hurricane Gilbert to gather meteorological data

An aerial view of some of the destruction caused by the 180-mph winds and torrential rains brought by Hurricane Gilbert on September 12 and 13

American disaster relief supplies such as chain saws, plastic sheets, tents and water containers are loaded aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The supplies will be flown to Jamaica, where Hurricane Gilbert caused exten

American disaster relief supplies such as chain saws, plastic tarpaulins, tents and water containers are loaded aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The supplies will be flown to Jamaica, where Hurricane Gilbert caused e

Two Jamaicans help to unload a pallet of plastic tarpaulins from a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The supplies were furnished by the U.S. to help Jamaica deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert, which hit the

After accepting the first shipment of U.S.-provided supplies, Jamaican prime minister Edward Seaga, left, speaks to reporters about his nation's response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert, a powerful storm that hit the island on September 12

A State Department disaster relief specialist displays a tarpaulin that is among the nearly 14 tons of U.S.-provided supplies flown in earlier in the day to help Jamaica recover from the effect of Hurricane Gilbert. Standing third from left is Michael Sot

An aerial of some of the damaged buildings and uprooted trees left in the wake of Hurricane Gilbert, which pounded the island with 180-mph winds and torrential rains on September 12 and 13

A Jamaican helps offload disaster relief supplies from a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The supplies, furnished by the U.S., will be used to aid Jamaicas affected by Hurricane Gilbert, a powerful storm that devastated much

An overview of a damaged warehouse and downed power lines at the San Antionio air Logistics Center, in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert

A fuel tank for an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lies beside a forklift in the midst of rubble at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert

Members of the Standarized Tanks, Racks, Adaptors, Pylon, and Packages (STRAPP) team search through the rubble to salvage items in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert which caused considerable damage at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center. Fuel tanks for

An overview of a warehouse destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center

An overview of a warehouse destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center

An overview of warehouses destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center

An exterior view of Building 1437, the mobility computer center at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert

An interior view of Building 1437, the mobility computer center at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert

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