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HURRICANE KATE

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Hurricane Kate Near Peak Intensity

A tropical low associated with a tropical wave began to show signs of organization on September 24, it began to acquire spiral bands on September 25, and became Tropical Depression Sixteen that day. The depression was located about 700 miles WSW of the Cape Verde Islands, and it moved almost due northwest for the next two days. It finally became sufficiently organized to be named Tropical Storm Kate on September 27. Kate curved to the NE on September 28, and became a hurricane on September 29, but was downgraded back to a tropical storm due to wind shear just before taking a swift turn to the west.

Tropical Storm Kate became a hurricane once again on October 1 as it adjusted to a more SW direction. The intensification continued, and Kate became a Category 3 major hurricane on October 3. As the shear on the storm continued to slacken, Kate became very well defined storm with a large and clear eye. The strengthening did not last forever, and the western eye began to erode. Kate also slowed in foreward speed on October 5, as the storm prepared for a sharp turn to the north.

Kate weakened to a Category 2 storm during the turn, and then to a Category 1 after completing the turn. Kate continued at a rapid pace to the north and weakened to a tropical storm on October 7. Kate also began to lose tropical characteristics at this time, and became extratropical late on October 7. No damages or deaths occured due to Hurricane Kate.

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