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Hurricane Darby (05E) at Category 1 Strength

17.1N 109.4W

July 2nd, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Darby (05E) - June 26th, 2010

Hurricane Darby (05E) - June 26th, 2010

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Hurricane Darby (05E) began as a large area of low pressure associated with a broad tropical wave off the coast of Mexico on June 21st.  During the evening of June 22, it was upgraded into a tropical depression, and had become a strong tropical storm by the afternoon of June 23.

Darby attained hurricane status early the next morning, while located about 235 mi (375 km) south-southwest of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Steadily intensifying, Darby attained major hurricane status on June 25.

However, its environment becoming increasingly hostile, it weakened back to a Category 2 hurricane the next day, and then a Category 1 by the afternoon of the 26th, the day this image was taken. By that evening, Darby had weakened to a tropical storm, and it continued weakening into the 27th; with its maximum winds dropping to minimal tropical storm intensity by the following morning.

Shortly thereafter, Darby was downgraded into a tropical depression, and later that day, decayed into a remnant low. Darby was absorbed into the Atlantic side of Tropical Storm Alex‘s circulation, where the remnant low was disrupted but resumed a large burst of convection.

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