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Olga - 2001
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HURRICANE OLGA

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Hurricane Olga Near Peak Intensity

A cold front and an area of showers began to interact on November 21, and it formed an extratropical low that day. The low gradually gained strength and organized for the next few days, and became Subtropical Storm Two on November 24, about 780 miles ESE of Bermuda. It showed many characteristics of a subtropical storm initially, but the convection increased near the center later that day, and it began to acquire tropical characteristics. The convection continued to flare up and persist that day, and it became Tropical Storm Olga on the same day. Olga now moved to the northeast, before turning to the west on November 25. The storm began to bend to the southwest as it strengthened, and became a hurricane as it turned sharply to the north on November 26.

Hurricane Olga had a well defined eye by the time it reached its peak intensity of 90 mph and a pressure of 973 mbar on November 27. Olga remained a hurricane as it nearly stalled on November 27, and actually completed two tiny loops on November 28 when the storm began to weaken. Olga was now being steered to the southwest by an area of high pressure, and as it moved in this direction, it encountered harsh wind shear and weakened to a tropical storm on November 29. The shear continued to rip the system apart, and it was downgraded to a tropical depression on November 30, just as the shear began to relax, allowing the storm to regain tropical storm status by December 2.

By now, Olga was moving to the north as it began to lose its convection, and weakened back to a depression on December 4 before dissipating on December 5 about 600 miles east of the Bahamas. The only damage reported due to Olga was to a ship called the Manana Tres that encountered the storm

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