TROPICAL STORM CINDY
|Tropical Storm Cindy nears Louisiana
In Early July, the already busy season continued with a prominent tropical wave in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. On July
3, it was deemed a depression and became Tropical Depression Three. While it organized quickly, it was unable to become a
Tropical Storm before striking the Yucatán Peninsula on July 4. Once over land, the organizing came to a halt, and the depression
began losing its circulation.Later on the same day however, after the storm crossed the Yucatán and entered the Gulf of Mexico,
a new center of circulation began forming to the north of the original center over the Gulf of Mexico. Early the next day
it strengthened and was named Tropical Storm Cindy.
|The Path of Hurricane Cindy
The storm began moving north across the Gulf towards Louisiana and made landfall near Grand Isle late on July 5 with winds
of 75mph making it a Category 1 Hurricane. Cindy started losing strength over Alabama, and lost tropical characteristics over
the Carolinas on July 7. Cindy was orginally thought to be a strong tropical storm at landfall, but post storm analyses lead
to the NHC upgrading Cindy to a Hurricane in their Tropical Cyclone Report.
Even though Cindy was only a minimal hurricane at landfall, the town of Hampton, Georgia suffered severe damage from an
F2 tornado spawned by the storm. Many places along the gulf coast and inland saw over 5 inches of rain. Total damage estimates
are at about 320 million dollars, and one fatality was attributed to the storm.