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TROPICAL STORM KATRINA

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A Weak Tropical Storm Katrina over the Yucatan

A cold front moved slowly southward over the Caribbean on October 22, and as it stalled, an area of low pressure formed along it in the southwestern Caribbean on October 26. On the 28th, it was obvious that the system was becoming more organized, and an aircraft found a well-defined circulation about 150 miles east of Bluefields, Nicaragua and it was upgraded to Tropical Depression Fifteen that day. The depression started out moving west, but 18 hours later, it was moving northwest and was strengthening. It became Tropical Storm Katrina midday on October 29 just before making landfall on the coast of Nicaragua just south of Puerto Cabezas. Katrina weakened quickly to a depression after interacting with land, but was not so quick to dissipate. It moved in a general northwestern direction through Nicaragua and Honduras through the rest of the day on October 30, and re-emerged for a brief period in the Caribbean on October 31. Despite briefly re-entering water, the depression did not show any signs of re-organization, and the pressure continued to rise. It made another entry to land in the Yucatan Peninsula, where it weakened further and finally dissipated on November 1, just before re-emerging in the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately Katrina was too tattered and torn to re-organize in the warm Gulf Waters, unlike her 2005 counterpart that would devastate the Gulf Coast. No damages or deaths were reported due to this storm.

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