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Cindy - 1993
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A tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa on August 8, and was tracked through the eastern tropical Atlantic over the next few days with minimal development. The system was investigated by a hurricane hunter aircraft on August 13, but only a poorly organized circulation was found. On the following day, a second flight revealed that the disturbance had acquired sufficient organization to be called the fourth tropical depression of the 1993 season at 7 AM EST that day. The movement of the depression was originally to the WNW as it was steered by a ridge to its north, and it was able to quickly gather enough strength to become Tropical Storm Cindy hours later. Immediately after receiving a name, Cindy struck the central Lesser Antilles between Martinique and St. Lucia. The storm then went on to reach its peak intensity with winds of 40 mph and a minimum pressure of 1007 mbar after the storm entered the Caribbean Sea and paraded toward Hispaniola. After Cindy made landfall on the Dominican Republic on August 16, it interacted with the mountainous terrain and quickly weakened to a depression which was followed by a swift dissipation of the remnant over the island on August 17. The area of cloudiness and showers that remained continued to move WNW and would later affect the Bahamas. The effects of Cindy caused a total of four deaths; 2 in Martinique and another 2 in the Dominican Republic, all due to flooding. In Puerto Rico, it was reported that several hundred people were evacuated in low-lying areas, but no deaths occurred there. Besides scattered reports of less than 5 million in damages, no major damage was reported due to the storm.