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Hurricane Celia
Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)
Formed April 10 , 2012
Dissipated April 18, 2012
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 305 km/h (190 mph)
Gusts: 315 km/h (195 mph)
Lowest pressure 925 hPa (mbar); 27.32 inHg
Fatalities 1000
Damage 4,000 USD
Areas affected Bermuda

Hurricane Celia was the 3rd storm, 2nd hurricane, 2nd major hurricane, and the 2nd Category 5 (in post-storm analysis) of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It started as a Category 5 that a similar path as Hurricane Danielle of 2010. It passed Bermuda at it's peak and became extratropical.


Storm History

Hurricane Celia formed from a wave that spawned 3 systems. Two went into the Carribean while the other went towards Bermuda. NHC issued it's first advisory stating that the low has become Tropical Depression Three. NHC issued an Tropical Storm watch for Bermuda. At 4:00 pm on August 11 it became Tropical Storm Celia, upgrading the Bermuda storm watch to a warning. An special advisory was announced on 10:00 from the NHC stating that an small eye has formed and winds have increased to 110 mph (175 km/h). A special advisory was announced right after that stating that Celia went east and passed Bermuda with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Celia continued north and lost tropical characteristics. Celia became extratropical the next day.


Preparations

Hurricane Cindy (1999) GOES

Celia near Bermuda

The United Kingdom and NOAA and the NHC tried to convince everyone to evacuate the island, but the island’s inhabitants failed to heed those dire warnings. Eventually, The Bermudan National Guard was deployed on the island to herd out the remaining resistant and hesitant occupants of the small island. Although 1000 lives were lost following the formidable hurricane, the NHC thanked the Bermuda National Guard and the government of Bermuda for their heroic last minute thinking that saved over 3/4 of the island population.

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