Tropical Depression Of The West Coast Of Africa

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A tropical wave emerged into the Atlantic Ocean from the west coast of Africa on September 30. It slowly began to organize during the next several days and by early on October 6, developed into Tropical Depression Twelve while located about 1,075 mi (1,730 km) east of Martinique.[13] Due to an anticyclone, conditions appeared favorable for significant strengthening, with the National Hurricane Center predicting the depression to be at least a strong tropical storm by October 9.[91] However, wind shear began undercutting the anticyclone,[92] which prevented any significant intensification.[13] Later on October 6, the low-level circulation became exposed to the west of the deep convection.[93] The depression never re-organized and instead deteriorated in structure due to shearing. Despite a burst in convection on October 8,[94] the depression dissipated at 18:00 UTC while located about 875 mi (1,410 km) east-northeast of Barbuda.[13] A broad trough of low pressure developed into a tropical depression while south of the Isle of Youth on October 12. It headed north and soon intensified into Tropical Storm Irene. On October 14, the storm passed over the Isle of Youth and western Cuba. While over the Straits of Florida, Irene reached hurricane strength. The next day, it made landfall at Key West, Florida, and again near Cape Sable. Later on October 15, Irene moved back over water near Jupiter as a minimal hurricane. It slowly strengthened as it paralleled the Florida through North Carolina. When Irene interacted with a trough from the west while over the warm Gulf Stream waters, the hurricane rapidly intensified and attained its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds 110 mph (180 km/h) and a minimum barometric pressure of 960 mbar... ... middle of paper ... ... church were destroyed. About 50% of residents were left without water and 90% of people experienced power outages.[103] Overall, twelve people were injured, one fatality occurred, and an elderly blind man was listed as missing.[104] Flooding in Saint Kitts and Nevis washed out several major roads and caused landslides. Additionally, one person was killed during the storm. In Sint Maarten, mudslides and flooding damaged houses and roads, especially those in low-lying areas.[102] Nearly 15 in (380 mm) of rain and winds up to 100 mph (160 km/h) in Anguilla left roads impassable and power outages, and damaged houses, crops, and shipping facilities.[104][105] Strong winds and heavy rainfall in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands caused extensive power outages and minor damage, estimated at $40,000. Overall, losses from the storm was less than $5 million.[106]

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