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Joyce - 2000
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HURRICANE JOYCE

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Hurricane Joyce in the Eastern Atlantic

On September 22, a disorganized tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa and preceded west into the Eastern Atlantic waters. The tropical wave began to organize a few days later and showed signs of a closed circulation on September 25, and it became Tropical Depression Fourteen later that day while located about 350 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The depression continued to organize itself and convection associated with the depression became better organized with banding features. It is believed to have become Tropical Storm Joyce early on September 26, although there is uncertainty about this, as it was found a tropical wave the next day. Nonetheless, strengthening continued and Joyce became a hurricane on September 27, and strengthened to a peak intensity with winds of 90 mph early on September 28 while still remaining far east of the Lesser Antilles.

Joyce did not maintain this intensity for long, and the center became partially exposed later that day, as wind shear began to increase on the storm. The cloud pattern also became increasingly disorganized and Joyce was downgraded to a tropical storm on September 29. The weakening continued at a more gradual pace as the storm neared the Lesser Antilles, and crossed them on October 1 while barely clinging to tropical storm strength. Joyce weakened to a tropical depression later on the 1st, and degenerated into an open tropical wave north of Venezuela on October 2. No damages or casualties were reported due to Hurricane Joyce.

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