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Karen - 1995
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Tropical Storm Karen

The last in a series of three strong tropical waves moved off the coast of Africa into the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on August 23. The wave moved to the WNW and became associated with a broad area of low pressure. The wave fluctuated in organization over the next few days, before gathering enough strength to form Tropical Depression Twelve on August 26, while located about 500 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The organization continued, and as convection increased, it became Tropical Storm Karen early on August 28 and continued a steady track to the WNW. At this time, Hurricane Humberto and Tropical Storm Iris were moving away from the storm, which allowed Karen to reach its peak intensity on the 28th with winds of 55 mph and a pressure of 1000 mbar. The storm also began to slow down on August 29, but as Tropical Storm Iris became a hurricane, it slowed to a speed even slower than that of Karen's, and this caused heavy wind shear over the storm. Karen weakened quickly as a result to this, and the circulation became exposed for a three day period ending on August 31, but it managed to remain a tropical storm. Early on September 1, Karen became even more disorganized as it began to become caught in Iris'; strong circulation; causing the storm to accelerate to the NNW around the east side of Iris. Karen weakened to a tropical depression on September 2, and was absorbed into the larger circulation of Hurricane Iris on September 3 while located about 100 miles east of Bermuda.