Hurricane Fay

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Hurricane Fay
Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Fay at peak intensity over Bermuda on October 12
FormedOctober 10, 2014
DissipatedOctober 13, 2014
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 80 mph (130 km/h)
Lowest pressure983 mbar (hPa); 29.03 inHg
Damage≥ $3.8 million (2014 USD)
Areas affectedBermuda
Part of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Fay was a 2014 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first hurricane to make landfall on Bermuda since Emily in 1987.[nb 1] The sixth named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Fay formed several hundred miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles on October 10. Initially a large subtropical cyclone, the storm gradually turned into a tropical cyclone on October 11 as it turned north. Despite being disrupted by wind shear for most of its duration, Fay steadily intensified. Turning east, Fay briefly achieved Category 1 hurricane status on October. Fay made landfall on Bermuda early on October 12 as a hurricane. Wind shear finally caused Fay to weaken to a tropical storm later that day. Fay weakened into an open trough early on October 13.

A few tropical cyclone warnings and watches were issued due to Fay on Bermuda. Despite its low strength, Fay caused much damage on Bermuda. Wind gusts over 100 mph (155 km/h) blocked roads with downed trees and poles. The winds also left a majority of the island's electric customers without power. The terminal building at L.F. Wade International Airport was flooded due to damage to its roof. Along the coast, the storm destroyed numerous boats and unmoored many others. Immediately after the hurricane, 200 Bermuda Regiment soldiers were called for cleanup and to help in damage repairs. These occurred at the same time as preparations for the stronger Hurricane Gonzalo, which struck the island less than six days later and increased the damage. Fay and Gonzalo were the first pair of hurricanes to make landfall in Bermuda in the same season.[1]

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  1. A landfall occurs when the precise center of a storm crosses a coastline. It is possible for a tropical cyclone to make a direct hit, but not a landfall (as with 2003's Hurricane Fabian on Bermuda).

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  1. Daniel P. Brown (March 4, 2015). Tropical Cyclone Report: Hurricane Gonzalo (PDF) (Report). National Hurricane Center. Retrieved November 1, 2015.

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