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Gustav - 2002
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HURRICANE GUSTAV

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Hurricane Gustav Near Peak Intensity

A broad area of showers between Bermuda and the Bahamas developed an area of low pressure on September 7, it continued to organize and deep convection became persistant on September 8. That day, it had acquired sufficient characteristics to be classified as a Subtropical Storm, named Gustav. Gustav gradually moved to the north and west through September 9, and began to slowly strengthen. On September 10, the storm had acquired tropical characteristics and hence became Tropical Storm Gustav. Later that day, Gustav brushed by the Outer Banks of North Carolina with winds sustained at 65 mph, but did not make a landfall. The storm then turned to the northeast, a motion that would continue for the remainder of the storm's lifespan.

Gustav became a hurricane on September 11, the first so far of the season. The storm continued to accelerate to the northeast and strengthened all the while, reaching Category 2 intensity later on the 11th, but only remained at this intensity briefly. Gustav began to deteriorate that day, as it made landfall near Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with 90-95 mph winds. At the second landfall in Newfoundland, it was clear that Gustav was making an extratropical transition. The transition was complete and Gustav became extratropical over Newfoundland on September 12. The extratropical remnant was tracked into the Labrador Sea on September 13, and it dissipated on September 15.

Gustav caused one death, a swimmer near Myrtle Beach, SC who suffered injuries from high surf - he died two days later. Damages in North Carolina were rather minor, with damages totaling about 100 million. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia were hit harder, however, with toppled trees and widespread flooding.

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