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A Look Back on July Hurricanes

Normally, the tropics are not the most active but there are a few storms that are noteworthy.

Since 2017 there were only 55 hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic since the 1850s. Only one of those storms reached Category 5 strength and two names were retired.

Hurricane Emily reached Category 5 status on July 16, 2005. The storm impacted the Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 4 storm. Good news though, no deaths were reported in Mexico due to the massive evacuations that occurred before the storms arrival. Emily is the strongest July Atlantic Basin hurricane on record.

The two storms that have been retired are Hurricane Dennis from 2005 and Hurricane Cesar in 1996. Dennis reached max sustained winds of 150 mph. This storm was responsible for 42 direct deaths, mostly in Haiti and Cuba. Three people died as a direct result of Dennis in the United States. The storm is responsible for $2.5 billion in damages. Hurricane Cesar was responsible for 51 deaths in Nicaragua. The rains from the storm lead to flooding and mudslides. Interesting fact about Cesar is that the storm crossed over Central American and then intensified in the Pacific Ocean where it was then renamed Hurricane Douglas.

 


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