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HURRICANE KYLE

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Kyle Making Landfall in North Carolina

A cold front moved across Bermuda on September 13, and stalled on September 15 southeast of the island. The front degenerated into an area of low pressure on September 18, and this low pressure developed into Subtropical Depression Twelve on September 20, about 715 miles east of Bermuda. The depression moved north and became Subtropical Storm Kyle on September 21, about 680 miles east of Bermuda. Kyle then moved north and then turned to the south, completing a clockwise loop. Halfway through the loop, Kyle acquired tropical characteristics and became Tropical Storm Kyle on September 23.

After the loop was completed, Kyle moved slowly to the southwest into warmer waters and became a hurricane on September 25, and reached a peak intensity of 85 mpyh winds. Kyle maintained this intensity for 24 hours, before a weakening trend began due to increasing wind shear on the storm. After weakening to a Tropical Storm on September 28, the storm took a sharp turn the the north, and moved in this direction for about 24 hours before turning to the southwest on September 30 and weakening to a Tropical Depression.

The depression was now under very weak sterring currents, and it began an erratic path in a northward direction, moving less than 2 mph. Kyle strengthened back into a Tropical Storm on October 1, but remained in a slow and erratic motion through October 3, when the storm finally picked up speed to the WNW. The speed was also shortlived, and the storm lost direction and swerved to the north on October 4, and weakened to a depression as it began a southwestward movement on October 5. The southward movement of the depression turned more westward on October 7, taking it in the general direction of the United States.

Tropical Depression Kyle curved to the north before it could make landfall on Florida, and it regained Tropical Storm strength just before making landfall near McCellanville, SC as a minimal tropical storm on October 11. Kyle continued northeast and briefly re-emerged over open waters and weakened to a depression before making a second landfall near Long Beach, NC as a minimal tropical storm once again just later on October 11. Kyle re-emerged in the Atlantic as a tropical storm on October 12, just before merging with a cold front which finally ended the long life of Hurricane Kyle.

No significant damages were reported in the United States, since Kyle was a very weak storm during both landfalls. Numerous tornadoes were spawned by Kyle, with at least four in South Carolina, and many others in North Carolina. Still, no deaths were reported due to Kyle. Damages were estimated at 5 million dollars. Kyle was the fourth longest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Basin, lasting nearly 22 days.

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