Babe orginally formed as a non-tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico on the 2nd of September. A line of thunderstorms extending from the low to along the Florida panhandle contained winds in excess of 40 mph and Babe was upgraded to a tropical storm on the 3rd. As these thunderstorms moved inland, strong wind developed around the center of low pressure, still located over the Gulf, and Babe transitioned to a tropical system on the 4th. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft reported winds of 80 mph late on the 4th and Babe was upgraded to a hurricane shortly before the system made landfall in Louisiana on the morning of the 5th. The winds decreased rapidly after landfall and the storm was downgraded to a depression by midafternoon on the 5th. The depression turned east and moved in South Carolina before dissipating on the 8th. Before the storm dissipated, it produced up to 7 inches over the mountain areas of Tennessee and the Carolinas, producing considerable flash flooding.

Clara's origin was unusual. The cloud system within which it developed was a line of thunderstorms and was associated with the late stages of Babe. As the system moved over southeast Georgia it slowly strengthened until a depression formed early on the 5th of September just north of Charleston. The depression drifted northeast just off the coast of the Carolinas during the 5th and 6th, slowly becoming better organized. The depression was located a short distance south of Cape Hatteras late on the 6th when it accelerated and began strengthening. Clara reached tropical storm intensity late on the 7th when the center was 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras. The lowest sea level pressure of 993 mb and maximum sustained winds of 75 mph were reached on the morning of September 8th. Clara then began to weaken, traversed a tight loop northeast of Bermuda on the 10th, and then became extratropical on the 11th.





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