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Marco - 1996
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HURRICANE MARCO

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Hurricane Marco

On November 9, 1996, a cold front moved into the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The front slowed and became nearly stationary over the next few days, and then began to interact with several tropical waves in the area. A weak area of low pressure was detected on November 13, and this low drifted to the north for the next few days with no significant change in organization. The low was finally able to organize into Tropical Depression Thirteen on November 16, when located southwest of Jamaica. Under weak steering currents the northward motion came to a halt, and the depression sharply took a dive to the southwest; and then to the south. It was able to form Tropical Storm Marco by November 19 when in a slow southward drift. Marco completed a turn that would take it to the ENE on November 20, and then briefly strengthened into a hurricane and reached a peak intensity with winds of 75 mph and a pressure of 983 mbar. Marco then entered an area of sharp and severe wind shear, which quickly weakened it back to tropical storm status. The now T.S. Marco drifted to the northeast on November 21, and then to the east on November 22 and 23. At this point, the wind shear became too much and Marco weakened to a depression while located about 200 miles south of the western tip of Haiti. Marco was finally able to gain a solid and steady motion to the WNW at this time, re-strengthening to a tropical storm at the same time. However, the storm interacted with a cold front south of Cuba on November 26 and dissipated. Despite threatening numerous land areas, Marco never made landfall. This, however, did not prevent some of the outer bandings of the storm from affecting surrounding areas with heavy rains and some mudslides. A total of eight people were killed due to these effects of the storm.

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