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Florence - 1994
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HURRICANE FLORENCE

An area of low pressure that formed along a stationary front at the end of October began to acquire a closed circulation on November 1. The following day, a band showing deep convection and curvature formed to the north of the center, and it was deemed a subtropical depression at this time. The subtropical depression was able to strengthen in the next day, and it became a subtropical storm on November 3, before weakening back to a Subt. depression hours later. Finally, later on the 3rd, the system was able to gain tropical characteristics, and it was named Tropical Storm Florence. The storm now curved to the northwest and strengthened rather quickly, despite restricting outflow to the south of the storm. Florence became a hurricane after an eye became visible on satellite imagery on November 4. Remaining a hurricane for the next few days, the storm went through alternating periods where an eye was sometimes clearly visible, while other times shrouded and unnoticeable. A slowing in motion began on November 6 as a powerful midlatitude storm began to approach it from its west, which was followed by a sharp turn and an acceleration to the northeast. On November 7, after completing the turn, Florence strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane and reached its peak intensity with winds of 110 mph and a pressure of 972 mbar. At this time, an unusually organized eyewall accompanied by a large eye was observed; with the eye measuring over 55 km. This eye remained intact until the storm began to become overwhelmed by colder waters on November 8 and began to weaken quickly. After weakening to a Category 1 storm, Florence quickly became extratropical in the waters of the north Atlantic Ocean. No reports of damages or casualties were received.

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