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~ Hurricane Gilbert - - 1988 ~



Hurricane Gilbert formed into a Tropical Depression East of the Lesser Antilles on Septemebr 8th. Gibert became a Tropical Storm on the 9th and a hurricane on the 10th Gibert then continued to gain strength and headed for Jamaica. Gilbert struck Jamaica on September 12th as a category 3 hurricane. Gilbert became a Category 4 hurricane near Grand Cayman islands with winds approaching 140 mph. Shortly after Gilbert passed Grand Cayman it became a category 5 hurricane. On September 13th Gilbert had a pressure of 888 MB or 26.22 inches. That is the lowest pressure recorded for an Atalantic basin hurricane. On the morning of September 14th Gilbert hit the Yucatan Peninsula. Storm surge at Cancun Beach was 20 feet. Gilbert then headed for the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall on the Mexican coast 2 days later. Gilbert then dissapated and ended up bringing much needed rain to the Midwest. Gilbert caused 5 billion in damages and killed 318 people.







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