[29] Effects from the storm reached as far south as Trinidad and Tobago. Hurricane warnings were issued for much of the Leeward Islands on November 16, about a day prior to the storm passing through. Shortly afterwards, it intensified into Tropical Storm Lenny just 5 hours later. [28], Across the eastern Caribbean, Hurricane Lenny damaged vital infrastructure, including roads and piers in the tourism-dependent islands. Thunderstorms spread across the region, producing heavy rainfall in portions of Mexico and Central America. There were five deaths in Guadeloupe. This page was last modified on 7 January 2016, at 11:55. Based on the coverage, the public was well informed of the hurricane's threat to the island. [29] At least 10 homes were destroyed in the country,[1] and damage totaled $94.6 million; this represented 27 percent of the island's gross domestic product. [1] The NHC noted the deterioration could have been due to a disruption of the storm's small inner core by "subtle environmental changes". 1999...Thanks to Tony (Hurricaneadventures) for sending me the footage. Hurricane Lenny began as a low-pressure area that was first observed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea on November 8. [35] Heavy rains caused mudslides on Saint Kitts,[1] and heavy damage occurred in Old Road Town. [1] Beginning on November 17, Lenny affected Puerto Rico with gusty winds and heavy rainfall. [1] Two sailors were killed offshore when their yacht was lost in the southern Caribbean Sea. 2", Tropical Cyclones Affecting Trinidad and Tobago 1725-2000, "Toegankelijk vanaf de volgende stranden", "Disaster Aid Ordered for Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery", "Virgin Islanders Receive More Than A Half-Million Dollars In Federal Assistance", "Post Impact Report #2 - Hurricane Lenny", "Hurricane Lenny OCHA Situation Report No. The highest precipitation total was 34.12 in (867 mm) at the police station on the French side of Saint Martin. Later that day, thunderstorm activity increased. Before moving through the Lesser Antilles, Lenny produced rough surf that killed two people in northern Colombia. By Hans N. Lechner. The Virgin Islands National Park in St. John reported over $1.6 million in damage (1999 USD). Hurricane Lenny 1999. [10] Around 1200 UTC on November 17, Lenny intensified into a Category 4 hurricane while approaching the islands of the northeastern Caribbean. [1] The highest precipitation related to the storm occurred at the police station on the French side of Saint Martin, where a total of 34.12 in (867 mm) was recorded. [54], Due to its effects, the name Lenny was retired by the World Meteorological Organization and will never again be used for an Atlantic hurricane. Although thunderstorm activity associated with the low remained poorly organized, locally heavy rains and strong gusty winds occurred over the northwes… [8] After Lenny made its closest approach to the island, the hurricane warning was downgraded to a tropical storm warning on November 17, which was discontinued the following day along with the advisories in the Virgin Islands. [29] Road closures cut off links between towns on the island. [1] On Saba, there was an unofficial wind gust of 167 mph (268 km/h) before the instrument blew away. On November 13, the system became better organized; a Hurricane Hunters flight later that day discovered a surface circulation and winds of about 35 mph (56 km/h). In preparation for landfall, a FEMA team was deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, bringing 6,000 rolls of roofing-quality plastic sheeting, 112 generators, and 90,000 gallons of water. [22] The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated six medical assistance teams, three medical support teams, and two advance medical assessment units. On November 13, the system became better organized; a Hurricane Hunters flight later that day discovered a surface circulation and winds of about 35 mph (55 km/h). Hurricane Lenny is the second-strongest November Atlantic hurricane on record. [41], In western Grenada, high waves affected much of the coastline,[29] destroying 21 small boats and causing significant beach erosion. 2001 . There was also severe beach erosion in western St. Croix; high waves dumped 6.5 ft (2 m) of sand onto coastal roads about 100 ft (30 m) inland,[11] and also washed several boats ashore. On the Dutch side of the island, rainfall peaked at 27.56 in (700 mm) in Philipsburg. This very unusual eastward-tracking and late-season storm developed in the Caribbean sea in mid-November reaching a Category 4 by November 17-19 when it stalled within the Leeward Islands in the Anguilla-St.Marteen area. [21] There, airlines and hotels assisted in evacuating tourists from the area. [31], In Jamaica, the hurricane dropped heavy rainfall but left little damage. Because the damage was high and likely higher, the name Lenny was retired. [33], After passing southeast of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Lenny struck St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands, although its strongest winds remained southeast of the island. [45] Damage in the country amounted to $41.4 million. [17] Lenny turned to the east for the final time early on November 22, dissipating the next day about 690 mi (1110 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. [1], Along the ABC Islands off the north coast of Venezuela, the hurricane produced 10-to-20 ft (3-to-6 m) waves along the southwest coastlines. Lenny rapidly intensified over the northeastern Caribbean on November 17, attaining peak winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) about 21 mi (34 km) south of Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. [29] In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the hurricane washed away four buildings and damaged five others. [46] Guadeloupe received record precipitation amounts in some areas, generally ranging from 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300 mm). About 65 percent of Barbuda experienced flooding due to the rainfall and the island's flat topography. [1], In Dominica, high waves damaged the island's western coastal highway, leaving the most heavily traveled road temporarily closed. This included 1,190 residents in Ponce who evacuated to 27 schools, as well as 584 people in western Puerto Rico. In addition, a dropsonde recorded winds of 210 mph (339 km/h) while descending to the surface, the highest dropsonde wind speed recording in a hurricane at the time. Several businesses were flooded, and some beach erosion was reported. [27] Further south, there was little warning for the hurricane in Grenada, and most people left their boats in the water. [8], Beginning on November 16, Hurricane Lenny underwent a 24-hour period of rapid deepening, reaching major hurricane status about 165 mi (265 km) south of the Mona Passage. [1], Around the time it peaked in intensity, Lenny's forward speed decreased in response to light steering currents between two ridges. [32] This included a record 24-hour total of 18.98 in (482 mm). [47] High damage to tourist areas caused a decrease in cruise lines. — Kenneth Chisholm This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. It was the twelfth tropical storm, eighth hurricane, and record-breaking fifth Category 4 hurricane in the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season.Lenny formed on November 13 in the western Caribbean Sea and maintained an unprecedented west-to-east track for its entire duration. The winds left severe damage to vegetation after fruits and vegetables were blown away. [30] The waves caused heavy beach erosion and coastal damage to properties and boats. Hurricane Lenny - November 14-21, 1999. [9] The hurricane continued to become better organized, with an eye 29 mi (46 km) in diameter surrounded by a closed eyewall. The extent of damage was from waves in the western portion of the island and from unrelated flooding inland. Connect; [40] There was widespread destruction of the roofs of houses across the island,[39] and over 200 houses were destroyed. [48], Following heavy damage to the coral reef around Curaçao, workers placed reef balls to assist in replenishing the damaged structure. This page was last changed on 10 March 2013, at 03:35. With a population of 96,000 people, Grenada’s economy had only recently begun to accelerate from a rate of growth of about three percent per year to six percent in 1999 which makes it possible for the country to significantly reduce unemployment and poverty. The erosion heavily impacted tourist areas and also threatened the foundation of the runway at the Maurice Bishop International Airport. A hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands. [1], After its formation, the depression gradually became better organized;[3] the NHC upgraded it to Tropical Storm Lenny on November 14,[1] based on reports from the Hurricane Hunters. Later that day, there was sufficient convective banding to warrant a T1.0 Dvorak satellite-based intensity classification from the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) at TPC. The agency stored five days' worth of food in schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Weather Underground provides tracking maps, 5-day forecasts, computer models, satellite imagery and detailed storm statistics for tracking and forecasting Major Hurricane Lenny Tracker. [6] However, the cloud pattern subsequently became less organized as the eye disappeared, and Lenny's winds weakened to 85 mph (140 km/h) while the hurricane passed south of Hispaniola. There are three main reasons to remember Lenny. [29] About 95 percent of the crops in Barbuda were destroyed. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE. There, gusts reached 112 mph (180 km/h), while sustained winds officially peaked around 70 mph (120 km/h). One, it was strongest November Atlantic hurricane; two, the damage it caused in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and three, it moved the opposite way storms usually moved across the Caribbean Sea. [29] Rainfall of around 3 in (76 mm) reached as far south as Martinique, where one person was killed. The data indicated the development of Tropical Depression Sixteen at 1800 UTC, about 175 mi (280 km) south of the Cayman Islands. Sustained winds on the island peaked at 84 mph (135 km/h) at the Princess Juliana International Airport;[31] these were the highest sustained winds observed on land. Hurricane Leroy is the secondary antagonist of Dolphin Tale, it destroyed parts of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and parts of Clearwater, Florida.. Rains were not as heavy as on St. Croix; the maximum amounts were 4.34 in (110 mm) on St. Thomas and 2.95 in (75 mm) on St. John. Her southern heritage has played a large role in the setting and themes of her writing, as well as the critical response she has received—she is often categorized as a writer of the “Southern Gothic” tradition. Content is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Hurricane Lenny Strengthens.c The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) - (November 15, 1999) With Haiti and Jamaica bracing for a brush with Hurricane Lenny, the storm grew stronger early today as it shifted eastward to possibly threaten Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands. [47] The small island Carriacou, located north of Grenada, sustained damage to the road to its primary airport. Hurricane Lenny at peak intensity https://archive.is/20130625152848/img166.imageshack.us/img166/2006/hurricanelennyfk4.png Formation November 13, 1999 Dissipation November 23, 1999 Highest winds 155 mph Lowest pressure 933 mbar Deaths 17 direct Damages $330,000,000 (1999 USD) Areas affected Colombia, Puerto Rico, Leeward Islands The National Hurricane Centre said Lenny was carrying up to 15in (38cm) of rain - and possibly more in mountain areas. [29], In response to the damage on Saint Martin, officials in the Netherlands Antilles issued an appeal to the European Parliament for assistance from the international community. The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. [1] It developed well-defined banding features, good outflow, and a circular eye that was visible from the radar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. [1], Early in Lenny's duration, a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were issued for Jamaica. [1], In Virgin Gorda in the nearby British Virgin Islands, the hurricane produced sustained winds of 55 mph (89 km/h), with gusts to 85 mph (137 km/h). IFRC: Eastern Caribbean: Hurricane Lenny Appeal No. On nearby St. John, wind gusts reached 92 mph (148 km/h). The data indicated the developme… [11] Damage on St. Thomas was minimal, limited to minor flooding and mudslides. Schools closed ahead of the storm, and the ferry between the island and Saint Martin was halted and moved to a safe location. At the same time, Lenny developed an anticyclone aloft, which provided favorable conditions for the hurricane's development. [55] The name was replaced with Lee in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Coverage from TWC of Hurricane Lenny in the Western Caribbean in Nov. [24] In St. Croix, 309 people rode out the storm in shelters. 7", Northeastern Caribbean Hurricane Lenny Fact Sheet #1, FY 2000, "Eastern Caribbean: Hurricane Lenny Information Bulletin No. Before the storm and as a result of its impact, around 4,700 people evacuated to 191 shelters. A broad area of low pressure was identified in the southwest Caribbean Sea early on November 8th. [47] Damage on the island totaled $21.5 million. Waves reached 16 ft (4.9 m) on the island's western portion. It all starts out when Dr. Clay is in his office when he examines something, then he hears something shocking, the weatherman said that Hurricane Leroy is approaching Clearwater. For what it is worth, the National Hurricane Center does not think that this Lenny-thing, Lefty Lenny, Backdoor Lenny, or what ever you want to call it,will strengthen even more. [1] Sustained winds on the island reached 53 mph (85 km/h) at the Cyril E. King Airport, with gusts to 70 mph (120 km/h). This SeaWiFS image captured Hurricane Lenny in the Caribbean Sea. [36] The hurricane struck only a month after Hurricane Jose had affected the region, causing significant beach erosion along Anguilla's coastline. The flooding contaminated the water storage facilities and all private wells. Direct… On November 21, Lenny turned to the northeast and weakened to a tropical depression. Martin. On September 4, a tropical disturbance began to be monitored near the coast of Southwest. Lenny left $330 million in damage, this amount is likely not all the damage. Hurricane Lenny 13 - 23 November 1999 John L. Guiney National Hurricane Center 9 December 1999 (modified 22 February 2000) Hurricane Lenny was the fifth category-four hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale (SSHS) of the 1999 season - a record. Rainfall amounted to around 4 in (100 mm)[1] and caused a mudslide near Coxheath. This article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on May 24, 2015. In Saint Kitts and Nevis, the National Emergency Management Agency was activated on November 16. [4] At 0000 UTC on November 15, Lenny attained hurricane status about 175 mi (280 km) southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. On the island, the hurricane killed three people and destroyed more than 200 properties. With a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, the government worked to complete a sea wall along a highway south of its capital Roseau. It gradually weakened while moving through the Leeward Islands, eventually dissipating on November 23 over the open Atlantic Ocean. [29] In the country, storm surge caused damage to boats and coastal structures, while beach erosion was reported in Tobago. At the time, a ridge was expected to build to Lenny's east and turn the storm northeastward into Puerto Rico 24 hours later. High waves eroded a portion of Sir Francis Drake Highway, and the high winds destroyed the roof of an apartment. 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