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Frances Event


The remnants from Hurricane Frances moved along the eastern edge of the Ohio River Basin from Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 through Thursday, September 9th, 2004. Hurricane Frances topped out as a Category 4 hurricane, but weakened to a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall along Florida's East Coast on Saturday, September 4th. It slowly meandered its way through the Deep South before a front from the Northern Plains steered it northward and up along the Appalachians. The deep, tropical moisture of Frances then interacted with this front which stalled along an axis running from western Pennsylvania and through eastern Ohio. This is where the focus of the heaviest rains fell in the Ohio River Basin, with regional average totals as high as 4 to 5 inches. Locally, heaviest amounts ranged as high as 7 to 8 inches over the course of the event.


Below is a 3-day total rainfall that resulted from Frances.

The colored dots on the map below indicate the status of rivers at the time indicated as a result or rains from Frances.

Cambridge was hardest hit, with the river almost reaching Flood of Record.  The graph below shows a trace of the river stage at Cambridge, Ohio.

Thursday, October 13, 2005
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