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Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) in Atlantic

34.3N 18.5W

August 21st, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Remnants of Gordon (08L) – August 20th, 2012

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Remnants of Gordon (08L) - August 20th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Remnants of Gordon (08L)

A tropical wave exited the coast of western Africa, initially with a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development, as predicted by NHC forecasters.

After passing over Cape Verde, it traveled in a general west-northwest direction, over colder waters, during which its development had been impeded and its shower and thunderstorm activity remained minimal.

As the low pressure system turned to a more northerly direction, it reentered warmer waters. The environment was favorable for cyclone genesis, and the system attained a better defined circulation.

On August 15, Tropical Depression Eight formed about 630 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and strengthened to Tropical Storm Gordon in about 12 hours.

Gordon turned to the east and was expected to undergo extratropical transition upon passing over the Azores, where vertical shear is expected to increase. However, the wind shear remained relatively absent, and Gordon developed a more well-defined convection around its center; thus the system was upgraded to a hurricane on August 18.

Its eye becoming more visible, Gordon further intensified into a strong Category 2 hurricane. A weakening trend then occured, but the system was still a hurricane when it drifted over Santa Maria Island early on August 20.

Although Gordon passed directly over the easternmost islands in the Azores, little damage took place. Several homes had broken doors and windows and streets were littered with fallen trees. Some areas temporarily lost power when the storm moved over, though electricity was restored hours later. Torrential rains also triggered localized flooding. No injuries were reported in relation to the storm.

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