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Tropical Depression Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie

The 1995 Pacific hurricane season, running roughly from May to November, was the least active one since 1979. Of the eleven tropical cyclones that formed, four affected land, all in Mexico: Hurricane Flossie killed seven people around Baja California, Tropical Storm Gil dropped heavy rainfall in Southern Mexico, Hurricane Henriette caused moderate damage near Cabo San Lucas, and Ismael struck the state of Sinaloa as a minimal hurricane, killing at least 116 people. The strongest hurricane of the season was Hurricane Juliette, which reached peak winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) but did not significantly affect land. Of eleven tropical cyclones, including Tropical Depression Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie (both pictured, with Erick to the left), ten became tropical storms. Seven storms attained hurricane status, of which three acquired major hurricane status. The number of tropical storms was much less than the average of 16 storms, with a slightly below average number of hurricanes and major hurricanes. (Full article...)

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Hotel Astoria is a five-star hotel located on Saint Isaac's Square in Saint Petersburg. Commissioned in 1910 by the Palace Hotel Company to host visitors to the Romanov tercentenary, the hotel was designed by Fyodor Lidval and first opened in 1912. After the October Revolution, it continued to be used as a state-operated hotel, though during World War II it was also a field hospital. The hotel, now owned by Rocco Forte Hotels, has been renovated several times, most recently in 2012.

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