1975

A weak surface circulation formed just north of the western Bahamas late on June 26th and as thunderstorm activity increased the system moved north toward the Outer Banks. Upper air and reconnaissance data from the 28th and 29th indicated the system had taken on tropical characteristics and was named Amy. The maximum sustained winds remained on the east side of the system as it meandered northeast off the Outer Banks. Maximum sustained winds were 60 knots before the system rapidly accelerated northeast toward Newfoundland on the July 3rd. The high winds and heavy rains associated with Amy remained offshore of North Carolina. However, the slow movement off the North Carolina coast caused prolonged northeast winds which produced large swells and tides of 2 to 4 feet above normal. This caused some beach erosion and temporary flooding of highways, but damage was minor.

The first signs that a weak depression had formed came early on September 13th from ship reports and aircraft reconnaissance data. The recon data located the center of circulation about 500 miles east of the Virgin Islands. Slow intensification occurred over the next 48 hours and reconnaissance aircraft indicated the winds had reached tropical storm strength by the early morning hours on Sept. 16th. Eloise continued to strengthen and reached minimal hurricane force before making landfall over the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic late on the 16th. Eloise then tracked over Hispaniola and southeast Cuba before reemerging over water north of Jamaica on the 19th. The mountainous terrain of Hispaniola and Cuba disrupted the low level circulation and Eloise weakend to a minimal tropical storm. As Eloise approached the Yucatan Peninsula, it intensified and then turned to the north on the 21st after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula just north of Cozumel, Mexico. Eloise continued strengthening north of the Yucatan regaining hurricane force on the morning of the 22nd in the central Gulf of Mexico about 300 miles south of New Orleans. Eloise continued strengthening until landfall about midway between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, Florida shortly after 8AM on the 23rd. The hurricane weakened rapidly after landfall was was downgraded to a tropical storm while over east central Alabama and a depression by early evening while over eastern Tennessee. As the remains of Eloise move into Tennessee, it was responsible for spawning some tornadoes over western North Carolina. Rainfall amounts ranged from four to eight inches across the western Carolinas.

Hallie developed from a subtropical low pressure system and was classified as a depression on October 24th when it was located about 100 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida. The depression moved slowly north, parallel to and within 100 miles of the Florida and Georgia coasts. On the 26th, the system reached tropical storm strength about 100 miles east of Charleston. The storm turned northeast that evening, reaching maximum intensity of 50 mph and minimum pressure of 1002 mb while skirting the North Carolina Outer Banks. Hallie merged with a frontal zone several hundred miles east of Norfolk, Virginia late on the 27th and became extratropical.

 

Amy

Eloise

Hallie

 

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