a. Synoptic History
On 13 November a rather active westward moving tropical wave
emerged from the northwest coast of Africa, as detected on Meteosat images
and rawinsonde data. The wave encountered a hostile environment throughout
the tropical Atlantic and it was not until 24 November near Jamaica, where
under the influence of a persistent upper level anticyclone, the convection
became concentrated. A broad low level circulation gradually developed
during the following days as the wave drifted westward. NHC satellite
analysts as well as reconnaissance aircraft confirmed that a circulation
center had developed and on 28 November the weather system became the
15th tropical depression of the 1989 Atlantic season.
b. Meteorological Statistics
Gerona on the Isle of Youth reported sustained winds of 48
mph with gusts to 60 mph during passing squalls on 30 November. Mimimum
reported pressure by an aircraft was 1000 mb.
1. Rainfall Data
Karen was a wet storm which dumped more than 15 inches of
rain on the Isle of Youth and between 10 to 15 inches of rain over portions
of western Cuba.
A tornado was reported in the town of La Reforma on the Isle
c. Casualty and Damage Statistics
There were no reported deaths caused by Tropical Storm Karen. On the other hand, crops and numerous houses were damaged in western Cuba due to the torrential rains. Thousands of people were evacuated due to the threat of floods.
Intensity For Tropical Storm Karen