1986 Pacific Hurricane Season - Storms - Hurricane Paine

Hurricane Paine

Category 2 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 28 – October 2
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h), Unknown

A tropical disturbance developed on September 27 within 250 mi (400 km) of the Mexican coastline. The disturbance was upgraded into Tropical Depression Twenty-Three on 0000 UTC September 28. Tropical Depression Twenty-Three moved west-northwestward, lured poleward by an upper-level trough near northern Mexico. At 0000 UTC September 30, the depression became Tropical Storm Paine, southwest of Acapulco. Roughly 21 hours later, a NOAA Hurricane Hunter flight found winds of 90 mph (145 km/h), upgrading Paine into hurricane. Paine peaked as a Category 2 hurricane on October 1 as it turned northwest, headed towards the Sea of Cortez. Hurricane Paine did not intensify further due to the presence of mid-level wind shear and dry air. The outer eyewall moved across Cabo San Lucas, and the resultant land interaction was believed to have slightly weakened the inner core of the hurricane. Paine moved ashore near San José, Sonora with winds of 100 mph (160 km/h). Paine weakened as it moved over land going through Mexico and then entering the United States. Paine dissipated on October 4 over Lake Michigan.

Rainfall from Paine was significant in Mexico and the United States. Light rain fell in Cabo San Lucas. Meanwhile, rains around the Mexican Mainland peaked at 12 in (300 mm) in Acapulco. Near the area around where it made landfall, strong winds knocked down trees and caused disruptions to city services. In the United States, rainfall peaked at 11.35 inches (288 mm) in Fort Scott, Kansas. The Barnsdall, Oklahoma weather station recorded 10.42 inches (26.5 cm) on September 29, which became the highest daily precipitation for any station statewide. The flooding affected 52 counties in Oklahoma, which resulted in a total of $350 million in damage. In all, Paine was described as one of the worst floods in Oklahoma history. The remnants of Paine brought about the end of the extended period of rainfall, which overall had forced 55,000 people from their homes. Additional flooding from Paine resulted in about 1,200 people homeless in East Saint Louis, Illinois. The flooding resulted in record discharge rates along many streams and creeks, while many reservoirs were nearly filled to capacity. For example, the Mississippi River in St. Louis reached the fifth highest flood stage on record.

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