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Claudette - 1997
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TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE

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Tiny Tropical Storm Cladette off the Coast of North Carolina

The frontal system that shoved the previous storm, Hurricane Bill, to the northeast began to produce a low of its own on July 11. The low moved little over the course of the next few day, and organized slowly into Tropical Depression Three by July 13 when located about 275 miles to the south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The depression moved very slowly, and was nearly stationary when it organized into Tropical Storm Claudette later on the 13th. However, increasing wind shear on the storm hindered further development, and its peak intensity was reached early on July 14 with a pressure of 1003 mbar and winds of 45 mph. Claudette inched to the north over the next few days, and remained at the 45 mph intensity for quite some time, until weakening to a minimal tropical storm with 40 mph winds on July 15. At this time, another entering frontal system began to accelerate the storm to the east-northeast, and then to the east. Claudette briefly weakened to a depression on July 16, then regained tropical storm status only to merge with a frontal low later that day. The remnant dissipated near the Azores on July 23.

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