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Brezovi Dol

Brezovi Dol is a village east of Ambrus in the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica in central Slovenia. The area is part of the historical region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Central Slovenia Statistical Region; the name Brezovi Dol means'birch valley', derived from the common noun breza'birch'. Like similar toponyms in Slovenia, it referred to the local vegetation; the German name Birkenthal means'birch valley'. During the Second World War, Italian forces burned a number of houses in the village in July 1942. There is a chapel on the western outskirts of the village that incorporates a chapel-shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it dates from the late 19th century. Brezovi Dol at Geopedia

Hurricane Baker (1950)

Hurricane Baker was a Category 2 hurricane that affected the Leeward Islands, Greater Antilles, the Gulf Coast of the United States. The tropical cyclone was the second tropical storm and second hurricane of the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season. Originating as a tropical depression east of the Windward Islands on August 18, Baker became a tropical storm on August 19, further intensified into a hurricane on August 21, it attained an initial peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph on August 22 before weakening to a tropical storm as it made landfall on the island of Antigua. Baker weakened to a tropical depression late on August 23 while southwest of Puerto Rico. By the following morning, it had restrengthened into a tropical storm, though a landfall in Cuba caused it to weaken once again. Entering the Gulf of Mexico, Baker began to strengthen once more, regaining hurricane strength on August 29 and reaching its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph early the following day.

The cyclone weakened before making its final landfall in the United States near Gulf Shores, with winds of 85 mph. Hurricane Baker produced extensive damage in the Lesser Antilles and Cuba, but impacts were minimal in the United States. On the morning of August 20, a strong tropical storm developed about 446 miles east of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe; the tropical storm deepened to hurricane intensity. On August 21, it attained maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane; the hurricane passed over Antigua during the evening. On August 22, it weakened to a tropical storm. On August 23, Baker made landfall near the Puerto Rican town of Guánica as a minimal tropical storm; the highest winds on the island of Puerto Rico were 35–40 mph. The storm degenerated into an easterly tropical wave, moved west-northwestward over northeastern Hispaniola. On August 24, it re-entered the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Depression Baker crossed the coast of eastern Cuba early on the next day. On August 25, Baker redeveloped a center over the Caribbean Sea off southern Cuba, re-intensified to tropical storm status.

On August 27, Baker affected the Pinar del Río Province with 60 mph winds, turned northward over the southern Gulf of Mexico. On August 28, Baker re-strengthened to hurricane intensity; the minimum central pressure was 979 mbar on this date. The cyclone diminished in intensity prior to landfall. On August 31, the hurricane struck Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds estimated near 85 mph; the estimated central pressure at landfall was 980 mbar. Baker moved inland over Alabama and dissipated over southeastern Missouri on September 1. On Antigua, the Pan American Airways station's power failed when winds reached 85 mph around midnight on August 22. Unofficial estimates placed winds between 95–120 mph at the location, although damages and casualties were unknown. Subsequent reports indicated. More than 100 homes were destroyed or damaged in the Willkie and Piggott areas, large homes were destroyed in Prestown. Additionally, a manse was demolished in Prestown. Electronic communications were dismantled, thousands of homeless people sheltered in churches and schools.

No deaths occurred on the island. In Cuba, 37 people died, the property losses reached several million dollars. In the United States, the greatest property and crop damage occurred from Mobile, Alabama to Saint Marks, where losses approached $2,550,000. Panama City, Florida incurred heavy damage to homes and businesses from high tides and rainfall, which peaked at 14.96 inches. The highest rainfall total was 15.49 inches at Florida. Peak gusts exceeded 100 mph on Florida. 200 to 300 cottages received damage in Panama City, homes were flooded near the bay. Losses reached $200,000 in Alabama. Hurricane Baker spawned two tornadoes. On August 30, a F1 tornado touched down in Apalachicola, destroying four dwellings and a store building and damaging another eleven buildings. On August 31, a F0 tornado demolished one building near Florida, in Jackson County. Inland, Birmingham International Airport recorded 50 mph wind gusts. Hundreds of trees were prostrated as far north as the Birmingham, Alabama area, one person was killed and two more injured by live wires falling from utility poles.

List of Florida hurricanes List of United States hurricanes List of Atlantic hurricanes Jay. Florida's Hurricane History. Chapel Hill Press. ISBN 0-8078-2443-7