Hurricane Fabian

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Hurricane Fabian
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Fabian 02 sept 2003.jpg
Hurricane Fabian near the Leeward Islands.
FormedAugust 25, 2003
DissipatedSeptember 8, 2003
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure939 mbar (hPa); 27.73 inHg
Damage$300 million (2003 USD)
Areas affectedBermuda, offshore south of Atlantic Canada
Part of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Fabian was a powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane that hit Bermuda in early September during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. Fabian was the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and first major hurricane of the season.

Storm History[change | change source]

Storm path

Fabian developed from a tropical wave in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on August 25. It moved west-northwestward under the influence of the subtropical ridge to its north, and steadily strengthened in an area of warm water temperatures and light wind shear. The hurricane attained a peak intensity of 145 mph (230 km/h) on September 1, and it slowly weakened as it turned northward. On September 5, Fabian made a direct hit on the island of Bermuda with wind speeds of over 120 mph (195 km/h). After passing the island, the hurricane turned to the northeast, and became extratropical on September 8.[1]

Impact, aftermath and records[change | change source]

Fabian was the strongest hurricane to hit Bermuda since Hurricane Arlene in 1963.[2] It was both the most damaging and the first hurricane to cause a death on the island since 1926.[3] The hurricane's powerful winds resulted in moderate damage and destroyed roofs throughout the island. A strong storm surge associated with the hurricane killed four people crossing a causeway on Bermuda, temporarily closing the only link between two islands. The endangered Bermuda Petrel, better known as the Cahow, was threatened by the hurricane, which destroyed ten nests, although volunteer work transported the species to a safer location. Strong swells resulted in damage in northern Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and also caused four people to drown along the United States' Atlantic coast. In all, Fabian caused around $300 million (2003 USD, $357 million in damage and eight deaths.

Retirement[change | change source]

Because the devastating affects in Bermuda the name Fabian was retired.[4] It was replaced by Fred in 2009.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Pasch, Blake, & Brown (2003). "Hurricane Fabian Tropical Cyclone Report". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 2006-10-14.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. National Climatic Data Center (2003). "Global Hazards and Significant Events September 2003". Retrieved 2006-10-17.
  3. PartnerRE Ltd. (2003). "PartnerRe Weathers Hurricane Fabian". Retrieved 2006-10-17.
  4. "Tropical Cyclone Naming History and Retired Names". www.nhc.noaa.gov.
  5. "Tropical Cyclone Names". www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Other websites[change | change source]


Tropical cyclones of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season

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