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RE: Adrian landfall

@cecilia :smile:

Adrian had a smaller impact on Central America than initially feared.


The image shows rainfall totals as seen by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite between May 16 and May 21, 2005, with storm symbols denoting Adrian’s track across El Salvador and Honduras.

The highest rainfall totals for the period exceed 200 millimetres (shown in red) and are mainly offshore.
However, similar amounts occur in far western El Salvador and southern Guatemala along the coast near where Adrian made landfall.
The rainfall totals quickly drop off inland such that maximum totals are on the order of just 130 mm (green areas) or less over central Honduras, the last position where a circulation could be identified.

Adrian’s relatively small size and forward progression helped to keep rainfall amounts down.



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RE: Hurricane Adrian

strangely enough, my brother's name is Adrian, so the topic caught my eye.:weirdface:

fortunately, this storm has run it's course and is over.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Hurricane Adrian fizzled over Honduras Friday after slamming into El Salvador

El Salvador's coast and forcing the evacuation of 23,000 people, officials said.

The hurricane, first of the eastern Pacific season, caused relatively little damage and no reported deaths. It struck west of El Salvador's capital overnight with maximum sustained winds of almost 75 mph.

By midday, the rapidly moving storm had largely broken up over neighboring Honduras, leaving scattered showers, some flooding, blocked roads and the loss of a few shacks.

Officials linked one death to the storm. Rodrigo Flores, deputy chief of civil defense in Nicaragua, said a person drowned Thursday night during flooding in that country's capital, about 240 miles from the storm's center.

In Honduras, "there were no deaths or damage to mourn," said President Ricardo Maduro. "So we are fortunate."

Salvadoran President Tony Saca told local Channel 12 that officials were evaluating the damage, but said activities were turning to normal after the concern caused by the first hurricane on record to directly hit El Salvador.

He said most of the 23,000 people evacuated in El Salvador had returned home. The Salvadoran-based airline TACA also resumed service.

In Honduras, schools were closed as a precaution and many public workers were on a half-day schedule.

Officials in Guatemala and Nicaragua also reported some small-scale evacuations and flooding.

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch rolled across the region from the Caribbean side and killed at least 9,000 people.

My brother isn't done, however. :wink:

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. - Isaac Asimov


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Hurricane Adrian was zeroing in on the Pacific coast of El Salvador and Guatemala when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on May 19, 2005, at 10:45 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time. This highly unusual storm is the first of the 2005 Pacific hurricane season, having formed on May 17, just two days after the season officially started. The storm intensified over a pocket of warm water and moved east towards Guatemala and El Salvador. Adrian reached hurricane status about the time this image was acquired.

Hurricane Adrian is unusual not because of its strength—it’s actually a weak storm— or because of its timing, though no tropical storm has ever struck Central America this early in May; rather, Adrian is rare because of its path. Most hurricanes that form in the Pacific head north into Mexico or west to dissipate over the ocean. Adrian moved east. Since 1966, only four cyclones have made landfall over Guatemala or El Salvador, and Adrian’s current path will make it the fifth. The outer bands were already over land when MODIS captured this image.
The biggest threat that Adrian poses to Central America is from the heavy rain it will dump on the region. Rugged mountains stretch across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and heavy rain could trigger flash floods and mudslides.
If Adrian survives its encounter with the mountains of Central America, it could emerge as a tropical system in the Caribbean. Occasionally, storms will cross from the Atlantic into the Pacific, but it is rare for a storm to move from the Pacific into the Atlantic, as Adrian could.



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Upgraded from a tropical storm earlier on Thursday, Hurricane Adrian was approaching the coast of El Salvador and packing winds near 140 kmh with higher gusts.
El Salvador evacuated 20,000 people from coastal areas and the capital as the storm began to dump heavy rain and cause mudslides. President Tony Saca said the threat was "serious," but called for calm.
In Guatemala, two men were killed and two injured when a mudslide blamed on Adrian swallowed workers digging a ditch near the Mexican border, officials said.
Honduras declared a state of emergency.
"We are preparing for the worst," President Ricardo Maduro said as the government sent aid supplies to vulnerable areas near the border with El Salvador.
The hurricane's approach raised fears of a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Mitch, which killed about 10,000 people in Central America, mainly in Honduras and Nicaragua, with mudslides and flooding in 1998.
"We are all worried. People are scared because we all lost something with Mitch," said housewife Maria Esperanza in Guatemala's Puerto San Jose.
Some six to 10 inches of rain were expected in the region and as much as 20 inches in the mountains.

"The biggest threat from Adrian is the potential for torrential rainfall, which will likely produce flash flooding and potentially devastating mudslides over the mountainous terrain of Central America," the hurricane centre said.
Guatemalan and Honduran authorities prepared for evacuations and closed schools for possible use as shelters and emergency services.
"This will not be like Mitch, we think we will have rains in coastal areas and some damage, but we are in a state of alert and ready to attend to the population." - Guatemalan President Oscar Berger.
Hurricane Adrian will likely break up over Central America, but it could re-form as a new storm in the Atlantic. Its eastward track makes it somewhat rare.

"It is a little unusual for a Pacific hurricane to cross Central America and continue eastward." - Jennifer Pralgo of the National Hurricane Centre.
The centre has predicted that 11 to 15 tropical storms will form this season in the eastern Pacific, with six to eight expected to become hurricanes.
The last big storm to hit northern Central America was Hurricane Iris in 2001.

-- Edited by Blobrana at 17:35, 2005-05-20



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International Space Station Captures Video of Hurricane Adrian:

Nasa TV Link

Hurricane Adrian is located in the Pacific Ocean, threatening the coast of Central America. It is reported to have sustained winds near 75 mph. Adrian is forecast to make landfall in El Salvador, then possibly cross Central America and enter the Caribbean Sea.
Incidentally a magnitude 5.2 quake hit Guatemala on the 18th May.
Cameras mounted outside the 200-ton orbiting International Space Station captured the video, which shows a storm with classic tropical features, at about 2:13 p.m. EDT from an altitude of 225 miles.
At the time, Adrian was approaching the El Salvador coast.

-- Edited by Blobrana at 00:06, 2005-05-20

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