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Karen - 2001
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Hurricane Karen Moving North off the U.S. Coast

A cold front system stalled a few hundred miles southeast of Bermuda on October 10, and this spurred into an extratropical low pressure later that day. The extratropical system organized and became a powerful 988 mbar low as it clipped the edge of Bermuda, and was upgraded to Subtropical Storm One about 30 miles south of Bermuda on October 12. The subtropical cyclone moved in a general N to NNE direction and acquired more tropical characteristics as it did so. On October 13, deep convection began to develop and persist, and the subtropical storm became Tropical Storm Karen about 170 miles north of Bermuda.

The storm intensified rather slowly, and became a hurricane on October 14, when about 350 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hurricane Karen now swerved to the NNW, and began to weaken after reaching a peak intensity of 80 mph. Karen weakened to a tropical storm late on October 14, and the weakening continued until the storm made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia on October 15 with 45 mph winds. Karen then weakened to an extratropical low late on October 15 as it began to race to the northeast. The remnant was absorbed into a larger system over the Gulf of St. Lawrence on October 16.

The strong winds in Bermuda from then Subtropical Storm Karen caused damage to trees and power lines, leaving 23,000 without power at one time. No lives were lost in Bermuda or anywhere else due to Karen. Effects in Nova Scotia were actually beneficial for the most part, giving the area a little relief to the extensive drought. Only minor tree damage was reported in that area.