August 24th, 1780: A hurricane worse that the August 1779 storm swept over the province of Louisiana striking New Orleans;
destroying crops, tearing down buildings and sinking every vessel and boat afloat on the Mississippi River and on area lakes...It
was during this storm that Dunbar noted that tornadoes form around tropical storms and seldom lasted more than 5 to 10 minutes.
This was of no comfort to the inhabitants of the area, who were distraught after these two storms and an excessively cold
winter followed by a very rainy summer. These residents wrote the Spanish sovereign not to abandon the country regardless
of the adverse blows of nature.