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Allison - 1995
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HURRICANE ALLISON

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Hurricane Allison

A Tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa in late May. The wave reached and crossed the Windward Islands on May 28, and entered the Caribbean Sea on June 1. The system began to acquire persistent deep convection on June 1, and it was upgraded to the first tropical depression of the season on June 3, when located about 425 miles east of Belize City, Belize. The depression moved to the northwest and strengthened into Tropical Storm Allison later on June 3. At this point, Allison turned to the north and avoided a possible strike on the Yucatan Peninsula as it moved into the channel between the peninsula and Cuba. Wind shear over the area was relatively high, but the storm still managed to strengthen at a solid pace, and it reached hurricane strength on June 4 over the southeast Gulf of Mexico. Allison was not allowed to strengthen any further beyond minimal hurricane strength, in fact it weakened to a tropical storm on June 5 just prior to making landfall. A quick turn to the northeast later on the 5th prevented the storm from striking the Gulf Coast, and made a landfall on the Florida Panhandle almost certain. The storm struck Alligator Point, Florida at about 9 AM EST on the 5th, with winds of 70 mph and a pressure near 991 mbar. After landfall, the storm moved into Georgia and weakened to a depression just before degenerating into an extratropical storm on June 6. This remnant was tracked on a long journey that took it through the Carolinas and out to sea where it skirted the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, and passed over Newfoundland on June 9, bringing blustery conditions to the area. Damages to the affected areas were very minimal, as Allison weakened to a tropical storm before landfall. One death was reported in Cuba, and three were injured. In property damages, minor damage to roofs, signs, trees, and power lines was reported over the panhandle, totaling about 1.7 million dollars in the United States.

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