16 Years Ago… A Look Back at Hurricane Georges — Sunday, September 28th

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16 years ago today, Hurricane Georges drifted into the MS Gulf Coast and then began to slowly slide east across the gulf coast bringing huge amounts of rainfall to South Alabama and all along the coastline.

There was one fatality associated with Hurricane Georges and the freshwater flooding it caused in Mobile, AL.

The images below detail the storm’s characteristics as it came ashore near Biloxi, MS on Monday morning, September 28, 1998.

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Above is the infrared heat signature off of Hurricane Georges as it came ashore early that morning.

Below, is the associated radar image.george_ref5

Here is an overview of the storm from the National Weather Service in Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL.

“Hurricane George formed on September 15, 1998 as a tropical depression 300 miles south southwest of the Cape Verde Islands in the far eastern Atlantic. Georges strengthened to a hurricane on September 17th and reached Category 4 intensity on September 19th. Georges tracked across Puerto Rico, the island of Hispaniola, and eastern Cuba from the evening of the 21st through the 24th. The track over the mountainous terrain weakened Georges to a Category 1 hurricane. However, Georges began to intensify as it moved north of the Cuban coast and tracked west northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Georges made landfall in Key West, FL on the morning of the 25th as a Category 2 hurricane. The hurricane maintained Category 2 intensity as it tracked through the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall near Biloxi, MS on the morning of September 28th with maximum winds of 110 mph and a minimum pressure of 964 mb. After landfall, Georges moved very slowly across southern Mississippi and weakened to a tropical depression by the morning of the 29th when the center was about 30 miles north northeast of Mobile, AL. The storm dissipated near the northeast Florida/southeast Georgia coast by the morning of October 1, 1998.”

Due to slow movement along the Gulf Coast, many areas were inundated with rainfall. The map below shows the various totals from along the Gulf Coast, and into Central Alabama. Nearly 25″ of rain were recorded in a few places in Florida and Southeastern Alabama.

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