Tropical Depression Two formed from a tropical wave in the far eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean when about 345 miles (555 km) southeast of the Cape Verde Islands on June 23. It attained a maximum strength of 35 mph, and had a minimum prssure of 1008 mbar. The storm formed unusually far east and south, and also moved unusually fast, moving at 17-23 mph (27-37 km/h). For some of its time as a Tropical Depression, it was forecast to become a tropical storm. However, it degenerated into a tropical wave on June 25. More »
Alberto formed on August 3 while just south of Cape Verde. It made the transition from tropical storm to hurricane strength three times. After forming, Alberto headed west-northwest, then headed back to the east and performed a large loop, peaking at 130 mph on the 12th. On the 23rd, Alberto was classified as extratropical. The extratropical Alberto headed north-northeast and passed over northwestern Iceland before dissipating near Jan Mayen on August 25.
Alberto was the seventh longest-lived tropical cyclone ever in the Atlantic, and the second longest ever in August. Alberto holds the second-place spot for distance traveled by an Atlantic hurricane, 6,500 statute miles (10,500 km), eventually travelling as far north as Iceland and Jan Mayen Island. Alberto is not known to have caused any damage.
An abnormally small Tropical Depression developed about 400 miles (650 km) east of Cape Canaveral on August 8. It attained a maximum strength of 35 mph, and a low pressure of 1009 mbar. This Tropical Depression had limited circulation. The storm at first headed to the West-Southwest, but eventually, it began to turn to the West-Northwest, and it eventually turned to the Northeast, in response to an advancing trough from the eastern United States. It dissipated August 11. One reconnaissance wind report at 1500 feet recorded a 55 mph, or 85 km/h wind speed. Some said this could be argued to give it tropical storm status. However, the surface-adjusted tropical storm form winds were only found during one pass, and the area with the winds was just 11.5 miles, or 18.5 km across, and not said to be indictative of the whole system's strength, so it was not upgraded to tropical storm status.
Beryl formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on August 14. Beryl headed west and landfall occurred the next day 30 n mi north of La Pesca, Tamaulipas (90 n mi south of Brownsville, Texas). Initially feared to be a hurricane at landfall, Beryl remained disorganized, and hit with 50 mph winds. The storm caused extensive flooding in Tamaulipas, with one reported drowning death. Monetary damage estimates for Mexico are not available, and there were no reports of damage in southern Texas.
Tropical Storm Chris formed several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles on August 18 from a tropical wave. It moved to the west-northwest, becoming a tropical storm for 6 hours before dissipating on August 19. No damage was reported, as the storm remained at sea throughout its lifetime. Chris is one of the few systems to be ripped apart due to vertical shear in the deep tropics during a non-El NiÃ±o year, along with Alex of 1998.
Debby formed east of the Windward Islands on August 20. The storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane the next day. Debby remained a somewhat disorganized hurricane for the rest of its life. It moved west, passing over the Leeward Islands, and just north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Debby dissipated off the southern coast of Cuba on the 24th.
In Barbuda, Debby caused moderate roof damage. Throughout the Lesser Antilles, gusty winds damaged fruit trees and power lines. In the United States Virgin Islands, damaged totaled to $200,000 (2000 USD). Debby also dropped up to 12 inches of rainfall across Puerto Rico, causing mudslides and damaging bridges and roads. 406 homes were affected from the flooding, with damage totaling to $501,000, primarily in the Caguas municipality. Also on the island, the storm was indirectly responsible for one death. On the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, waves and rainfall caused light to moderate damage. In Cuba, the remnants of Debby helped relieve a severe drought. « Hide