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Iris - 1995

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HURRICANE IRIS

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Hurricane Iris

The second in a series of three strong tropical waves moved off the coast of Africa on August 16. The wave was originally observed to be very well organized, but deep convection diminished significantly on August 18 and 19 as the storm continued westward through the Eastern Atlantic. Over the next few days, though, the convection was able to gradually rebuild, and it became Tropical Depression Ten on August 22 when stationed about 600 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The depression rapidly strengthened and took a quick turn to the northwest on August 23, becoming Tropical Storm Iris early that morning, and strengthening into a hurricane later that evening. Iris reached its first peak intensity at the same advisory that upgraded it to a hurricane, with winds of 85 mph and a pressure of 991 mbar. After this, the hurricane moved closer to Hurricane Humberto and weakened to a tropical storm by August 24, re-curving to the WSW at the same time. As Iris neared the Lesser Antilles on 25, movement became erratic, and wind shear increased, causing the winds to slacken to 50 mph by early on the 26th. The storm began to slide north along the islands through August 26-27 and gradually strengthened as conditions allowed. By August 28, Iris had moved into the open Atlantic and regained hurricane status. A second interaction with a storm, this time with T.S. Karen, began to occur on August 30. Iris slowed greatly in speed, moved erratically to the northeast, and strengthened to its peak intensity with winds of 105 mph and a pressure of 965 mbar on September 1. At this time, Karen began to swing around the eastern side Iris in a Fujiwhara interaction, and the storm became completely absorbed on September 3. After this, Iris accelerated to the north and weakened to a minimal hurricane, and then to a tropical storm by September 4. The storm became extratropical later that day. Effects on the Lesser Antilles were minimal in terms of damage, but four people were killed in Martinique due to mudslides.

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