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Harvey - 1999
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TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

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Tropical Storm Harvey Closing in on Florida

A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa into the Eastern Atlantic on September 4 as a poorly organized system. The wave tracked across the unfavorable waters of the Atlantic with little or no development through September 14. The lack of development was also somewhat due to the harsh shearing from nearby Hurricane Floyd. On September 16, the system entered progressively warmer waters, and the shear from Floyd began to decrease. This led to a period of organization as the storm drifted slowly into the Gulf of Mexico on September 18. The system became Tropical Depression Ten on September 19 when located about 350 miles to the WSW of St. Petersburg, Florida. The depression strengthened only gradually as it inched to the north, and became Tropical Storm Harvey late on the 19th when it curved sharply to the east. The pressure gradually fell on September 20, and the winds were upgraded to 55 mph later that day which would be the storm’s peak intensity. Harvey continued west through the 21st, retaining that intensity as it made landfall near Everglades City, Florida at about noon on September 21 with 55 mph winds. Harvey weakened as it interacted with land, and began to become absorbed into a large extratropical system. The storm lost its tropical identity just after moving back over the open Atlantic waters on September 22. No reports of casualties were received due to Harvey, and damages in Florida total 15 million dollars, most of which was due to downed trees and street flooding.

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