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Cindy - 2005

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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.