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Canadian Tropical Cyclone Season Summary for 1986

1986 Storm Tracks Image
1986 Storm Tracks Image

Tropical Storm Andrew (June 5 to June 8, 1986)

The first named storm of the 1986 season was Andrew, who formed as a tropical depression near the northern Bahamas on June 5. Andrew was named on June 6, when this depression reached tropical storm strength. The storm re-curved to the Northeast, its centre passing about 100 kilometres offshore from Cape Hatteras before it dissipated into the Atlantic Ocean.

Andrew achieved a maximum wind speed of 83 kilometres per hour (45 knots). It was responsible for one drowning death in North Carolina but had no direct impact on Canada.

Tropical Storm Charley (August 13 to August 30, 1986)

Charley came to life on August 13, 1986, just west of Tampa Florida. The storm moved through northern Florida and into Georgia. Charley turned northward on the 17th and strengthened into a hurricane. Hurricane Charley reached a maximum wind speed of 130 kilometres per hour (70 knots). Its centre moved across North Carolina before again turning and moving out to sea, where its maximum winds fell below hurricane force. The tropical storm moved parallel to the United States Coast, before crossing the Atlantic into the British Isles.

Five deaths were associated with Hurricane Charley: 3 in Maryland, 1 in Virginia and 1 in North Carolina. Charley was also responsible for $15 million in damages.

Hurricane Earl (September 10 to September 20, 1986)

Earl originated on September 10, 1986, about 2000 kilometres east of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Earl moved northward for several days before the hurricane drifted to the East. Then on September 16, Earl resumed a northward motion and headed into the far North Atlantic where it became extratropical.

Earl remained at sea while in the Canadian Hurricane Centre responsibility area. Earl was a hurricane for 7 days. This made it the longest-lasting, as well as the most intense, hurricane of the 1986 season.

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