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Michael - 2000
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HURRICANE MICHAEL

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Hurricane Michael approaching Newfoundland

An area of low pressure developed north of the Bahamas from a stalled frontal system on October 10. The low became more organized and moved further north and became Subtropical Depression Two when about 650 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. Later that day, satellite classifications indicated that the depression had become Subtropical Storm Two and the storm became nearly stationary. On October 17, satellite imagery indicated that the subtropical storm had taken on tropical characteristics and it was named Tropical Storm Michael. Michael gained some northward momentum later on the 17th, and it strengthened into a hurricane later that day. The hurricane increased in speed on October 18, and strengthened very slowly, reaching a first peak intensity of 85 mph winds early on October 19. Michael weakened slightly that day before strengthening rapidly and reaching a peak intensity of 100 mph winds and a pressure of 965 mbar. Michael weakened slightly and made a transition into a powerful extratropical storm due to increasing wind shear on October 20 when it moved inland over Newfoundland, Canada. During the landfall on the coast of Newfoundland as an extratropical system, sustained winds of about 80 mph were reported near Sagona Island. Despite the high winds as it crashed ashore, there were no reports of injuries or deaths as Michael moved across Newfoundland as an extratropical low pressure system. Damage was limited to fallen trees and other minor structure damages and was reported as light.

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