Hurricane Danielle (1998)
Hurricane Danielle was a hurricane for ten days without making landfall on the mainland of North America. The fourth tropical cyclone and fourth named storm of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, Danielle developed from a tropical wave while located almost 700 miles (1,100 km) west-southwest of Cape Verde on August 24. Initially a tropical depression, favorable conditions allowed for strengthening into Tropical Storm Danielle later that day. The storm sharply intensified and became a hurricane on August 25. Strengthening continued and Danielle peaked with winds of 105 mph (165 km/h) on August 26. Thereafter, the storm oscillated in intensity for several days, ranging from a minimal Category 1 hurricane to a strong Category 2 hurricane, as atmospheric conditions differed throughout its path. Danielle crossed seas in the wake of Hurricane Bonnie, which also contributed to weakening. After tracking west-northwest for several days, an anticyclone near Bermuda curved the storm to the northeast while it was located northeast of The Bahamas on August 31.
By early on September 2, Danielle weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, as it was passing northwest of Bermuda. Thereafter, the storm continued to slowly weaken and lose tropical characteristics. At 0000 UTC on September 4, Danielle transitioned into an extratropical cyclone while located east-southeast of Newfoundland. The remnant extratropical cyclone reached the British Isles on September 6, before merging with an extratropical low pressure area two days later. While passing north of the Lesser Antilles, Danielle dropped heavy rainfall in Puerto Rico, causing street flooding and damaging at least one home. Damage in Puerto Rico totaled to $50,000 (1998 USD). In Bermuda, although the storm passed safely to the northwest, tropical storm force winds were reported. Offshore Newfoundland, rouge waves were reported, though the only effects on land were light rainfall. The remnant extratropical storm associated with Danielle lashed the United Kingdom with large waves. Severe erosion and coastal flooding occurred, causing evacuations in Cornwall, England.
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