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Hanna - 2002
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TROPICAL STORM HANNA

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Tropical Storm Hanna in the Gulf of Mexico

A complex interaction with a tropical wave and an area of low pressure gave birth to Tropcial Depression Nine on September 11, in the central Gulf of Mexico. The depression continued to organize as it drifted north, despite high wind shear and disorganized convection, and became Tropical Storm Hanna on September 12. The storm now took a turn to the west, and then to the southwest as the storm slowly strengthened. Hanna took a turn to the north on September 13, and reached a peak intensity that day with 55 mph winds and a pressure of 1001 mbar. The turn to the north took the storm into the southern tip of Louisiana on September 14, and another landfall near the Alabama and Mississippi border as the storm curved northeast. The winds were sustained at 55 mph during both landfalls.

After landfall, Hanna continued northeastward across southern Alabama as it weakened rapidly, dissipating on September 15. The remnants continued northeast and produced rains over Georgia and the Carolinas. Three deaths were attributed to Hanna, all of them due to rip currents caused by the storm. Damages were relatively minor, not exceeding the 25 million threshold to be reported by the American Insurance Services Group. Total damages were estimated at 20 million.

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