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TROPICAL STORM ALEX

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Tropical Storm Alex in the Eastern Atlantic

A well organized tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on July 26, and moved briskly to the west at about 25 mph. As the wave passed south of the Cape Verde Islands, it began to organize more quickly, and it became Tropical Depression One when located about 300 miles south of the islands on July 27. The depression did not organize further until July 28, when deep convection flared up and it became organized enough to be named Tropical Storm Alex, which began the 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Alex moved still to the WNW, but at an increasingly slower pace. The storm did not strengthen significantly, due to moderate wind shear and a trough to its north. It remained a minimal tropical storm until early on July 30, when the winds increased to 45 mph. Alex reached its peak intensity early on July 31 with winds of 55 mph and a pressure of 1002 mbar. The conditions became even more harsh on the 31st, and the center of Alex became exposed, and the storm weakened significantly. The center became fully exposed on August 1, and Alex nearly lost tropical storm strength before regaining a slight bit of strength later on the 1st. However, weakening was imminent and the storm was downgraded to a depression on August 2, and it dissipated later that day. No damages or casualties were reported due to Alex, having remained over open waters its whole life.

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