1998

The 1998 Atlantic hurricane season was an active season that produced 14 tropical cyclones and tropical storms and 10 hurricanes, three of them major.

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The 1998 Atlantic hurricane season was an active season that produced 14 tropical cyclones and tropical storms and 10 hurricanes, three of them major. The most intense hurricane, Mitch, tied with Hurricane Dean for the seventh most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded at the time, as well as the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane yet in recorded history.

Learning from a major natural disaster(April 1998)By Harry R. Nelson -- We can blame El Nino for heavy rains, mud slides, unexpected snowfalls, and droughts, but what about one of the worst ice storms ever to hit the northeastern United States and Canada? The unthinkable happened just barely into the new year, when one stormy night turned into a series of disasters for homes and businesses. Trees and branches that had withstood decades of severe winters could carry only so much ice and snapped like twigs, collapsing their full weight onto electric and telephone lines. From Maine to Ontario, Canada, the lights dimmed on hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom went without power and communications for days and weeks. It was impossible to predict the amount of devastation that occurred during this winter ice storm, but future cable-planning strategies can minimize the effects of a future disaster--even as widespread as this one--and can help expedite a recovery. Planning for disaster--natural or otherwise--is just as important as sales or operations planning. Read Full Article

In 1998, Cabling Installation & Maintenance underwent its first major redesign since the magazine was launched. One of the big news stories of the year was reportedly the saga of the small-form-factor fiber-optic connector. At the level of protocol, expanded high-bandwidth requirements for Gigabit Ethernet drove debate on the technical merits of 4-pair UTP cable versus multimode optical fiber.

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Cabling News Flashback – 1998

FCC chair announces plan to end regulated telecommunications

Installing next-generation residential wiring

Small-footprint connectors step out

Gigabit transmission complicates fiber selection

All Cabling News for 1998

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