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PostSubject: east of the Windward   Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:14 pm

On August 11, a tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa, and, encountering favorable conditions, quickly spawned Tropical Depression Four, roughly 520 miles (835 km) west-southwest of Cape Verde.[13] The depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dean on August 14 and became the first hurricane of the season just two days after. Dean reached a peak intensity as a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale—the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Wilma—and it was tied for the seventh most intense Atlantic storm of all time. The hurricane made landfall on the Yucatán Peninsula on August 21, causing severe damage and at least 44 deaths.[14]

Tropical Storm Erin formed on August 16 in the Gulf of Mexico from a persistent area of convection. Erin moved northwestward, attaining peak winds of 40 mph (64 km/h), before making landfall on the Texas coast. Early on August 19 after entering Oklahoma, the remnants of Erin suddenly re-intensified to maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) a short distance west of Oklahoma City.[15] Although it was generally weak, Erin caused heavy flooding and 16 deaths.[16]

An area of disturbed weather east of the Windward Islands was designated Tropical Depression Six on August 31. Early on September 1, it was named Tropical Storm Felix, and it was upgraded to a hurricane later that day. Tracking generally westward, it rapidly intensified to Category 5, and after fluctuating in strength, made landfall on Nicaragua with 160 mph (260 km/h) winds. At least 133 deaths and more than $50 million (2007 USD) in damage have been attributed to Felix.[17] With Felix, the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season became the only one of its kind known to include two hurricanes making landfall at Category 5.[18]



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