Storm Arlene (TS)
Tropical Storm Bret (TS)
Tropical Storm Cindy (TS)
Tropical Storm Dennis (TS)
Hurricane Emily (3)
Hurricane Floyd (1)
Hurricane Gert (2)
Hurricane Harvey (1)
a. Synoptic History
Cindy formed from a tropical wave that moved off the northwest
coast of Africa on 8 August. The cloud mass associated with this wave
was easily tracked on satellite imagery as it moved west-northwestward
between 17 and 23 mph across the tropical Atlantic for the next several
days. Dvorak classifications began on 10 August but remained at the T1.0
or T1.5 level until the 14th. An Air Force Reserve Unit aircraft investigated
the disturbance on 13 August but found no organized surface circulation.
On the next day, another aircraft found that the low-level circulation
had become better organized and the "best track" indicates that
a tropical depression formed from this activity at 1200 UTC on 14 August.
The tropical depression moved toward the west-northwest, steered by the
low- to mid-level flow, and its forward motion slowed to between 12 and
17 mph. The depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy at 1800 UTC
on the 14th while over the island of Martinique, based on 1500-foot flight-level
winds of near 46 mph from an aircraft and the observation of a central
dense overcast in satellite imagery. Although the system had an outflow
pattern aloft when it was near the Lesser Antilles, this upper-level structure
deteriorated and only a little additional strengthening occurred.
Cindy reached its estimated peak intensity of 46 mph at 1200 UTC on 16
August while centered about 75 nautical miles southeast of Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic. The lowest pressure reported by reconnaissance aircraft
was 1007 mb at 1113 UTC. A relatively large area of 40 to near 58 mph
winds was also reported from the aircraft at a flight level of 1500 feet
near this time.
The tropical cyclone weakened when part of the circulation began interacting
with the mountains of Hispaniola. Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression
at 2100 UTC on the 16th when the poorly defined center moved over Barahona,
Dominican Republic. The circulation rapidly became disorganized and the
depression dissipated by 0000 UTC on 17 August. However, the remnant cloudiness
and showers spread over the southern Bahamas through the 18th.
b. Meteorological Statistics
No sustained tropical storm force winds were reported from
ships or island stations, but gusts to near 40 mph were reported on Martinique.
Gusts to 35 mph were observated at St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islandsand
at Aquadilla, Puerto Rico.
1. Rainfall Data
The largest reported storm total rainfall was 12 inches
at Precheur on the island of Martinique. Several reports of 4 to 10 inches
of rain were received from various locations in the Dominican Republic
and elsewhere over Martinique, while 3 to 4 inches of rain were reported
over portions of Pueerto Rico. It is likely that locally heavy rains occurred
elsewhere over some of the Lesser Antilles and over Haiti.
c. Casualty and Damage Statistics
There were 4 deaths attributed to Cindy; 2 in Martinique
and 2 in Dominican Republic.
Four deaths were reported in association with flooding produced by Cindy.
Two of these deaths occurred in Martinique, and two occurred in the Dominican
Republic. Two persons were also reported missing in the Dominican Republic.
Several Hundred people were evacuated from flood-prone areas in Puerto
Rico but no storm related deaths were reported from this island.
Estimates of several millions dollars in damage to private and public
property including houses, roads and seawalls have been reported from
Martinique. There have been no other reports of significant damage received
at the National Hurricane Center related to Cindy.
Maximum Intensity For Tropical
14 - 17 August, 1993
Landfall for Tropical
14 - 17 August, 1993