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Ernesto - 1994
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TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO

A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on September 19, and progressed westward over the next two days. It was able to organize quickly, and became Tropical Depression Five on September 21 while located quite far south (575 miles) of the Cape Verde Islands. The movement of the storm over the next few days was quite odd, as a lack of westerly flow caused the storm to become caught in a drift to the north. Strong wind shear over the area was expected to tear the depression apart, but it managed to strengthen into Tropical Storm Ernesto on September 22. Any further significant strengthening of the storm however was prohibited by an area of high wind shear that covered the area. Ernesto reached its peak intensity late on September 22 with winds of 55 mph and a pressure of 997 mbar. The storm weakened at this point as it continued its strange and slow movement to the north, and was downgraded to a depression on the 24th when the pressure rose quickly to 1007 mbar. The depression then moved even slower before it began to turn in a normal direction to the west on September 25, but the storm dissipated hours later. No damages or casualties were reported due to Ernesto.

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