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HURRICANE MARIA

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Hurricane Maria Heads to the North Atlantic

Tropical Depression Fourteen formed from a tropical wave 1100 miles east of the Leeward Islands on September 1st. It moved WNW and strengthened to Tropical Storm Maria the next day. Early on September 4, Maria became the fifth hurricane of the season and started turning to the Northwest. It continued to strengthen fairly rapidly over the next 48 hours, and on September 6, it briefly strengthened to Category 3 intensity 400 miles east of Bermuda, making it the fourth major hurricane of the season. After peaking in intensity, it turned North, and then Northeast, heading into the open Atlantic. It weakened to a tropical storm on September 7, only to regain hurricane strength later that day. It remained a hurricane until September 9th and from there it continued a steady weakening pattern.

Advisories ceased on September as Maria became extratropical 700 miles of Newfoundland. It never threatened land as a hurricane, but Maria became a strong extratropical storm, and actually strengthened to hurricane strength once again while moving towards Iceland. Measurements taken of the storm on September 11 showed it had deepened dramatically to 970 mbar, much stronger than the 989 mbar it had when the NHC issued their last advisory.

The remnants of Maria pounded Iceland with gusty winds and heavy rains on September 13. Maria never made direct contact with land as a storm, but unfortunately, Maria's extratropical remnants triggered a landslide in Norway that killed one person.

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