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Hurrican Felix

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Introduction

Hurricane Felix Hurricane Felix was the 6th named tropical storm and the 3rd hurricane of the unusually active 1995 Atlantic hurricane season. Though it never made it to land, Felix stalled off the coast of North Carolina, resulting in great uncertainty over its track. The hurricane caused eight Deaths and severe beach erosion from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Storm Path A tropical Wave moved off the coast of South Africa on 6th August. Deep Convection rapidly organized around the centre, and the system progressed into tropical depression seven on the 8th while a short distance Southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. ...read more.

Middle

East-Northeast of Guadeloupe. A break in the deep layered trough over the western Atlantic Ocean resulted in Felix moving more to the North-West. There, where waters are warm and little upper level shear allowed the hurricane to quickly peak over 140 mph on 12th August. An eye wall replacement cycle, combined with upper level shear from its anticyclone being displaced over the hurricane, caused Felix to weaken and develop a broader inner core. Its Northwest motion continued, bringing Felix, then an 85mph hurricane within 75 miles of Bermuda on the 15th August. ...read more.

Conclusion

Cooler, drier air weakened Felix to a minimal hurricane, and while stalling, it presented and eye of 60 to 80 miles in diameter. Then, cooler waters weakened Felix to a tropical storm on the 20th after passing to the east of Newfoundland the storm became extra tropical on the 22nd. As an extra tropical storm, Felix persisted until August the 25th when it dissipated between Iceland and Ireland. Although Felix did not make landfall, its large circulation caused huge swells across much of the western Atlantic Ocean. In Puerto Rico, 8 to 12 foot waves caused minor coastal flooding in Cata�o. Powerful waves and rip currents were responsible for the deaths of eight people. ...read more.

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