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Juan - 2003

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HURRICANE JUAN

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Hurricane Juan Near Peak Intensity

A tropical low and a tropical wave interacted and merged on September 24, and became Tropical Depression 15. It was located about 300 miles south of Bermuda. The depression organized and became Tropical Storm Juan on the same day. Juan strengthened fairly quickly as it moved north, and the storm developed an eye and became a hurricane on September 26. The hurricane continued north and became a Category 2 storm on September 27, and remained a Category 2 until landfall.

Hurricane Juan moved into Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm on September 28, packing winds of 95 mph. After landfall, Juan continued to move inland at a rapid pace, and was downgraded to a tropical storm over Prince Edward Island where it made a second landfall. Juan became extratropical as it moved accross the Laborador Peninsula.

The damage from Juan in Canada was extensive. The public, for the most part, ignored the warnings or did not hear them. This was probably because hurricanes do not typically strike Canada, and the public was not prepared. Eight people were killed from the effects of Juan. The majority of the damage occured in urban Halifax, Nova Scotia where the brunt of the winds were felt. Juan was the first hurricane to strike Halifax since 1893.

The name Juan was retired in the spring of 2004, and will be replaced with Joaquin when the list is used again in 2009.




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