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Humberto - 1995
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HURRICANE HUMBERTO

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Hurricane Humberto

The first of a series of three large and strong tropical waves moved off the coast of Africa on August 19. Gusts to 55 mph were reported as the storm moved into the eastern Atlantic Ocean, but after the system progressed further into open waters, development was halted when the convection became displaced due to strong wind shear. But after the wave was able to exit the unfavorable area, it rapidly formed Tropical Depression Nine on August 22. The depression continued to rapidly strengthen, and became Tropical Storm Humberto just a few hours later on the 22nd, and then the storm became a hurricane early on August 23. At this time, the storm was moving to the west, but as it neared a trough over the Central Atlantic, it curved to the northwest and strengthened into a Category 2 storm. Humberto peaked in intensity late on August 24, when winds reached 105 mph, and the pressure fell to 968 mbar. However, further strengthening was hindered as the storm entered colder waters, and began to weaken due to outflow from nearby Hurricane Iris. Nonetheless, the storm was able to retain Category 2 intensity until August 26, when the weakening quickened in pace. After this occurred, Humberto turned to the north and briefly accelerated on August 27, while weakening to a minimal hurricane. As the storm slowed and turned to the northeast on August 29, Iris moved further and further away from the storm, which allowed a rekindling of strength. Humberto nearly regained Category 2 status on August 30 while accelerating to the northeast, but as it neared a large extratropical cyclone, it weakened as was eventually absorbed into it on September 1, after weakening to a tropical storm hours prior. No damages or casualties were reported due to Humberto, having never affected land areas.

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