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Lisa - 1998
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Hurricane Lisa in the North Atlantic

A tropical wave moved west into the Atlantic on September 29 off the coast of Africa. The system was disorganized at first, and barely recognizable as a tropical wave. By October 3, the wave acquired deeper convection and it began to develop a circulation. By the time it strengthened into Tropical Depression Twelve, it was located a little over midway between the Lesser Antilles and the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. After reaching depression status, it quickly became Tropical Storm Lisa on October 5, and began to make a turn that would eventually lead it north. Lisa was in an area of relatively high wind shear, which kept the storm from gaining any major strength throughout its lifetime. Nonetheless, the storm was able to strengthen, but only very gradually. A deep low sunk into the southern Atlantic Ocean late on the 5th, and Lisa was turned sharply to the northeast on October 6. Over the next few days, Lisa accelerated and embarked on a gradual turn more to the north. By the time it was finally in a northward motion, conditions were favorable enough, and the storm was able to briefly reach hurricane strength on October 9, before merging into an extratropical front in the northern Atlantic later that day. The storm was unrecognizable on the 10th, and no damages or casualties were reported due to Lisa.