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Hurricane Frances

Hurricane Frances
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Frances as a Category 4 hurricane on August 31, north of Puerto Rico
Formed August 24, 2004 (August 24, 2004)
Dissipated September 10, 2004 (September 10, 2004)
(Extratropical after September 8)
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
Lowest pressure 935 mbar (hPa); 27.61 inHg
Fatalities 7 direct, 43 indirect
Damage $9.51 billion (2004 USD)
Areas affected
Part of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Frances was the sixth named storm, the fourth hurricane, and the third major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. The system crossed the open Atlantic during mid-to-late August, moving to the north of the Lesser Antilles while strengthening. Its outer bands affected Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands while passing north of the Caribbean sea. The storm's maximum sustained wind speeds peaked at 145 miles per hour (233 km/h), achieving Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. As the system slowed down its forward motion, the eye passed over San Salvador Island and very close to Cat Island in the Bahamas. Frances was the first hurricane to impact the entire Bahamian archipelago since 1928, and led to the nearly complete destruction of their agricultural economy.

Frances then passed over the central sections of the state of Florida in the U.S. only three weeks after Hurricane Charley, causing significant damage to the state's citrus crop, closing major airports, schools and canceling a collegiate football game. The storm then moved briefly offshore Florida into the northeast Gulf of Mexico and made a second U.S. landfall at the Florida Panhandle before accelerating northeast through the eastern United States near the Appalachians into Atlantic Canada while weakening. A significant tornado outbreak accompanied the storm across the eastern United States, nearly equaling the outbreak from Hurricane Beulah. Very heavy rains fell in association with this slow moving and relatively large hurricane, which led to floods in Florida and North Carolina. A total of 49 lives were lost from the cyclone. Damages totaled US$12 billion (2004 dollars).


  • Meteorological history 1
  • Preparations 2
  • Impact 3
    • Bahamas 3.1
    • Florida 3.2
    • Georgia 3.3
    • Carolinas 3.4
    • Canada 3.5
  • Aftermath 4
    • Bahamas 4.1
    • Florida 4.2
    • Georgia and the Carolinas 4.3
    • Retirement 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Meteorological history

Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

A strong tropical wave moved off the west coast of

  • NHC Tropical Cyclone Report on Hurricane Frances
  • NHC advisory archive on Hurricane Frances
  • HPC rainfall report on Frances
  • State of Florida - Hurricane Frances preparedness
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management - Hurricane Frances
  • Hurricane news coverage and resources

External links

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  2. ^ Beven (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #3".  
  3. ^ Stewart (2004). "Tropical Weather Outlook".  
  4. ^ Avila (2004). "Tropical Weather Outlook".  
  5. ^ Pasch (2004). "NHC Public Advisory #1".  
  6. ^ Pasch (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #2".  
  7. ^ Beven (2004). "NHC Public Advisory #4".  
  8. ^ Avila (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #6".  
  9. ^ Stewart (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #8".  
  10. ^ Stewart (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #12".  
  11. ^ Stewart (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #16".  
  12. ^ Avila (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #19".  
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Beven (2004). "Hurricane Frances Tropical Cyclone Report" (PDF).  
  14. ^ Pasch (2004). "Hurricane Frances Forecast Discussion #24".  
  15. ^ Beven (2004). "Hurricane Frances Public Advisory #33A".  
  16. ^ Avila (2004). "Hurricane Frances Discussion #36".  
  17. ^ Glenn Lader. Public Advisory Number 65 for Remnants of Frances. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  18. ^ CNN (2004).Frances could be most costly storm. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  19. ^ Bloomberg News (2004). Hurricane Frances Strikes Bahamas, Heads Toward Florida's Coast. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  20. ^ Maggie McKee (2004). Hurricane Frances could destroy space shuttles. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  21. ^ CNN (2004). Downgraded Frances blows across Florida. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  22. ^ (2004). Hurricane Frances Update - Sunday 12 NOON. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  23. ^ Associated Press (2004). Hurricane Frances floods streets, knocks out power as it crosses Florida. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  24. ^ a b John L. Beven II (2005). Hurricane Frances. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  25. ^ National Hurricane Center (2005). Table 3b. The thirty costliest mainland United States tropical cyclones, 1900-2004. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  26. ^ "Top 10 WFO Pittsburgh Weather Stories/Events of the Decade (2000-2009)". National Weather Service Forecast Office: Pittsburgh, PA. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  27. ^ John C Rodgers III and Douglas W. Gamble (2008). The impact of Hurricane Frances (2004) on the invasive Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, Jul-Sep 2008. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  28. ^ Joseph B. Treaster (2004). Hurricane Frances: The Bahamas; Damage is Mostly Light as Storm Pelts Island Chain. New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  29. ^ Guy Carpenter (2004). Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne Caribbean Impact. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  30. ^ a b The Commonwealth of the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004). Communication to Parliament on Hurricane Frances and an addendum report on Hurricane Jeanne by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  31. ^ United States Geological Survey (2008). Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms: Hurricane Frances. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  32. ^ Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (2007). Hurricane Impact to Agriculture Industry. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  33. ^ Janette Ballman (2004). Winds of Change: Hurricanes Devastate Florida Businesses. Disaster Recovery Journal, Fall 2004 - Volume 17, Issue 4. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  34. ^ John H. Foy (2004). The Impact Of The 2004 Hurricane Season On Florida Golf Courses. United States Golf Association. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  35. ^ a b David M. Roth (2004). Hurricane Frances Rainfall. Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  36. ^ a b Online NewsHour (2004). Frances' Fury. Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved on 2009-04-05.
  37. ^ CNN (2004). Frances tears panels from NASA shuttle hangar. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  38. ^ What's New Archive 2004. Walt Disney World. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  39. ^ Brendan Farrington. Dangerous Hurricane Charley Poised to Pound Florida . Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  40. ^ Peachtree City, Georgia (2004). Frances Pays a Visit to North and Central Georgia. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  41. ^ Office of Energy Assurance (2004). Tropical Storm Frances Situation Report: September 7, 2004 (10:00 am EDT). United States Department of Energy. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  42. ^ Julia Beckhusen, Joseph B. Goodenbery, Gerrit Hoogenboom, and Jeffrey D. Mullen. Effects of Hurricane Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne on Georgia Irrigators. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  43. ^ Farm Press Staff Report (2004). Hurricane Crop Damage Is Widespread. Penton Media, Inc. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  44. ^ "Ontario Weather Review - September 2004".  
  45. ^ "Twenty-seventh Session RA IV Hurricane Committee" (PDF).  
  46. ^ State of Florida State Emergency Response Team (2004). Hurricane Frances Disaster Assistance Briefing Sheet: As of 9:00 am, September 9, 2004. Government of the state of Florida. Retrieved on 2008-09-30.
  47. ^ Jim Kennedy (2004). From Jim Kennedy Concerning Frances Aftermath. NASA. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  48. ^ Tom Hazelwood (2004). Hurricane Frances Aftermath & Response. United Methodist Committee in Relief. Retrieved on 2009-04-05.
  49. ^ Daniel Pulliam (2004). OPM prepares for aftermath of Hurricane Frances. National Journal Group, Inc. Retrieved on 2009-04-05.
  50. ^ CNN (2004). CNN Live Today. Retrieved on 2009-04-05.
  51. ^ United States Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division (2004). Hurricane Frances in Florida. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  52. ^ CNN (2004). Frances' costs: $3B or more. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  53. ^ FEMA (2004). President Authorizes Disaster Funds For Georgia To Aid State And Local Government Recovery From Tropical Storm Frances. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  54. ^ (2004). Pecan prices rise on hurricane aftermath. Decision News Media SAS. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  55. ^ Sharon Omahen (2004). Frances' Winds Damage Trees, Reduce Pecan Crop. University of Georgia. Retrieved on 2009-04-10.
  56. ^ FEMA (2004). South Carolina Tropical Storm Frances. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  57. ^ North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (2004). Hurricanes Wash Out Wildlife Commission Plans. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  58. ^ Zhang Lizhong (2004). Hurricane Frances & Ivan in Western North Carolina and Issues in the Recovery. Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management Crisis and Emergency Management. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  59. ^ RA IV Hurricane Committee: Final Report of the Twenty-Fifth Session. Retrieved on 2007-04-08 via Wayback Machine


See also

Because of its effects in the Atlantic hurricane. It was replaced with Fiona for the 2010 season. Due to a request by France in the 2003 WMO Meeting, the name Frances was to be removed from the rotating cyclone lists after the 2004 hurricane season, even if Frances wasn't as destructive,[59] but the destruction caused by Frances in the United States was enough to warrant retirement on its own merit.


On September 24, the southern two-thirds of Georgia was declared a disaster by President Bush.[53] The state lost 50 percent of its pecan crop due to Frances, which led to a price rise in pecans by late October.[54] Lost peach trees were expected to lower output during 2005, and increase peach prices.[55] A disaster declaration was made for the northeast section of South Carolina on October 7.[56] On September 10, President Bush declared 34 counties within North Carolina a disaster area, making them eligible for US$6.5 million (2004 dollars) in public assistance. A Wildlife Commission removed its North Carolina Mountain State Fair exhibit due to Frances midway through the fair. Over 100,000 trout were lost due to the storm in the Pisgah, Table Rock, Marion, and Armstrong state fish hatcheries.[57] Red Cross volunteers distributed over 200,000 gallons of water by its 600 volunteers in four days. After Frances and Hurricane Ivan, Asheville determined that it needed $14 million in order to buy out willing businesses and homes within the floodplain.[58]

Georgia and the Carolinas

[52] Damage to the Florida citrus crop caused orange futures to rise four cents a pound due to Frances.[51] on 41,556 damaged roofs statewide.tarpaulins installed blue United States Army Corps of Engineers The [50] home improvement stores.Lowe's and Home Depot Thousands of portable generators were sent to the state by [49] Federal employees were granted excused absences if they helped with law enforcement and the cleanup.[48] Churches prepared meals for those without power and food themselves.[36] helped out with recovery efforts soon after the storm left the Florida peninsula. Residents in the areas of impact after the storm were under a boil water order, because of the lack of electricity to area water systems.National Guard A total of 8000 members of the [47] Kennedy Space Center did not restore its complete work force until September 13 due to relief operations, as well as a lack of gasoline, ice, and water in the area.[46] In the aftermath of the storm, many colleges and school districts across Florida remained closed. President

President Ft. Pierce, Florida.


Frances is the first hurricane to impact the entire archipelago since 1866. On September 4, teams from the Ministry of Works, the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force were used to clear roadways of tree debris while utilities attempted to restore power and water in New Providence. The Family Islands were surveyed on September 5 and 6, when it was noted that major damage occurred within the island group. Telecommunications were restored to most of the island chain within 24 hours. As of September 21, electricity had been restored to half of the Bahamians who had lost power. Western sections of Grand Bahama Island remained without power into Hurricane Jeanne, which was the most significantly impacted island. The onion crop was expected to be late in 2005 due to the loss of seedbeds and seedlings during the storm.[30]



As an extratropical cyclone, Frances passed through southern Ontario. The storm dropped up to 5.39 inches (137 mm),[44] washing out roads and causing localized flooding in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. This rainfall smashed all-time rainfall records in a 24-hour period (most of the rain fell in a 6 to 8 hour-period). Ottawa's O-Train Trillium Line was halted because of a landslide that obstructed the railroad corridor. Several major roads in Gatineau and Ottawa were under several inches of water, locally chest-high. More than $45 million (2004 CAD; $41 million USD) in insured damage was reported in Ontario.[45]


Flooding was reported even in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, particularly along the Appalachian Mountains. A strip of upslope-induced rainfall along the Blue Ridge escarpment produced as much as 23 inches (580 mm) of rain in some areas of western North Carolina as the warm tropical air surged up and over the mountains.[35] The flooding from this along the Swannanoa River near Asheville, North Carolina caused a major break in the Asheville's water distribution system, leaving the city without water for several days. Significant crop damage was seen into North Carolina, which reported $55 million in crop damage.[43] Frances also spawned 101 tornadoes from Florida to as far north as Virginia, shy of the single storm tornado record set during Hurricane Beulah.[24] Power outages affected up to six million people. Over 20 airports closed during the storm.


[42] Significant crop damage was seen, particularly to the cotton and the peanut crops. On average, 30 percent of the crops were lost during Frances.[41] At one point on September 7, a total of 380,000 residences were without power.[40] Frances dropped significant rain on Florida, Georgia,


Some areas of Florida received over 13 inches (330 mm) of rain as the system moved slowly through the state.[35] Heavy rains caused a large sinkhole to develop on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County, which closed the highway to traffic.[36] Similar to Hurricane Charley earlier in the month, the Florida citrus crops took large amounts of damage. Frances caused heavy damage to the large Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center, ripping off over a thousand 4-by-10 foot aluminum panels used to clad the building. While Charley caused $700,000 damage (2004 dollars), Frances damage was significantly greater. Two external fuel tanks for the space shuttle were in the building but seemed undamaged. The Space Shuttle Discovery's hangar was without power.[37] The total damage to space and military facilities around Cape Canaveral, Florida was reported at about $100 million (2004 dollars). Orlando, Florida's theme parks closed Sunday —[38] only the third time Walt Disney World closed for a hurricane, but the second time in a month.[39]

Near the point of its first landfall, few structures were destroyed and ocean overwash across the barrier island was limited, though the extent of the damage far exceeded that of Hurricane Charley.[31] Wind damage to citrus groves led to a near total loss near the coast of east-central Florida between West Palm Beach and Melbourne, with lesser damage farther to the west across the Kissimmee River basin.[32] Between Hurricane Charley and Frances, citrus losses totaled $2 billion (2004 dollars).[33] Significant tree damage was reported within golf courses along the Treasure Coast, with an average of 300-500 trees experiencing damage per course.[34]

Xenon lights illuminate the 525 ft (160 m) tall Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, Florida where workers make repairs on September 30, 2004.


About 75% of the island chain lost power for a few hours during the storm. Damage occurred to downed trees and wooden homes. Between 13 and 17 percent of the non-native Australian pine on San Salvador Island experienced damage, primarily from snapping, though some browning from salt spray was noted.[27] Several feet of water flooded the international airport at Freeport.[28] In the Bahamas, insurers and reinsurers estimated industry insured losses at about $300 million (2004 dollars).[29] All cool-season vegetable plantings, and the entire banana crop, were lost during Frances. The pineapple crop was significantly impacted by wind damage in Eleuthera, while the entire fruit crop was lost for similar reasons. The corn crop in Long Island and Cat Island was completely lost. Significant poultry losses were experienced.[30]


The total civilian damage from Frances was determined to be approximately US$8,830,000,000 (2004 dollars). Add in the estimated US$100 million damage (2004 dollars) done to space and military facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and the total damage was estimated to be about US$9 billion (2004 dollars), making it the fourth costliest hurricane in United States history at that time, behind Hurricane Andrew of 1992 and Hurricanes Charley and Ivan of 2004.[24] At the time, adjusted for inflation, it became the seventh costliest hurricane for the lower 48 United States.[25] Flooding was also reported in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Minor flooding happened along the banks of the three rivers and more damage was associated with river tributaries.[26]

[13] The economic effect was felt early, as the storm struck during

Storm total Rainfall from Frances


[13] Early on morning of September 5, hurricane warnings were downgraded to tropical storm warnings south of

Early during the morning of September 2, hurricane watches were extended southward to Craig Key. Later that morning, hurricane watches were upgraded to hurricane warnings for the lower east coast of Florida while a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning was raised for most of the Florida Keys and Florida Bay. Hurricane warnings were dropped for the Turks and Caicos Islands late on the morning of September 1 and for the Southeast Bahamas late that night. Late on the morning of September 3, hurricane watches were issued for the northeast coast of Florida, while early that afternoon tropical storm warnings were issued for the same area. Hurricane warnings were dropped for the central Bahamas that afternoon. That night, tropical storm warnings were issued for the southwest coast of the Florida peninsula with watches issued for the northwest Florida peninsula. On the morning of September 4, tropical storm warnings were extended northward to Anna Maria Island and along the Georgia coast. Tropical storm watches were extended northward to St. Marks. That afternoon, hurricane watches were dropped for most of the northwest Bahamas while warnings were extended up the coast to St. Marks, Florida, and watches were extended westward to Panama City, Florida.[13]

Frances making landfall on Hutchinson Island near Port St. Lucie, Florida, on September 5, 2004

On the evening of September 1, hurricane warnings were issued for the northwest Bahamas while hurricane watches were issued for the lower east coast of Florida and tropical storm watches were issued for the Florida Keys. There was the potential for catastrophic damage along Florida's heavily populated east coast, with warnings that damages from Frances could exceed the insured losses of Hurricane Andrew.[18] These damage estimates were in anticipation that Frances would strike Florida as a strong Category Four hurricane. Preparations for the storm were stepped up in Florida on September 1. Governor Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency,[19] Kennedy Space Center closed down,[20] and evacuations of 500,000 people were initially ordered. Eventually 41 counties received evacuation orders, covering 2.8 million residents, the largest evacuation in Florida's history.[21] The state education system also responded to the pending crisis. Many universities across Florida canceled classes. Both the University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida told all students to leave their dorms. Evacuation at the University of South Florida was performed on a dorm-by-dorm basis. Florida Atlantic University was closed for a week and a half. Most schools were shut down from southern Miami-Dade County to just south of Melbourne two days before the hurricane. The annual Florida State University-University of Miami college football game was rescheduled for the following week.[22]

Early on the morning of August 31, tropical storm warnings were dropped for Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, and St. Kitts while hurricane watches were issued for the southeast Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands. Hurricane watches were upgraded to hurricane warnings later that morning. Toward noon, tropical storm warnings were issued for the remainder of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, a hurricane watch was issued for the central Bahamas, while all watches and warnings were dropped for northeast portion of the Dominican Republic and portions of the Lesser Antilles south of the British Virgin Islands. That afternoon, tropical storm warnings were dropped from Puerto Rico eastward. On the morning of September 1, a hurricane watch was issued for the northwest Bahamas while the watch for the central Bahamas was upgraded to a warning. That afternoon, warnings were dropped for the Dominican Republic.[13]

A tropical storm watch was issued for Frances for the Leeward Islands during the afternoon of August 29, which was upgraded to a warning that night and expanded to include the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, Saba, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. A hurricane watch was issued during the night of August 29 for the northern British Virgin Islands, the northern United States Virgin Islands, Culebra, and Vieques. On the morning of August 30, the hurricane watch for Vieques was downgraded to a tropical storm watch. That afternoon, hurricane watches were changed to tropical storm warnings across Puerto Rico, Culebra, Vieques, British Virgin Islands, and the northern U. S. Virgin Islands while a tropical storm watch was issued for St. Croix while all remaining hurricane watches were dropped. That night, tropical storm watches were issued for eastern portions of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic while a tropical storm warning was issued for Guadeloupe.[13]

Radar mosaic of Hurricane Frances at 12:57 am EDT, 5 September 2004.


Frances moved slowly, between 5 to 10 miles per hour (8.0 to 16.1 km/h), as it crossed the warm Gulf Stream between the Bahamas and Florida, leading to the concern that it could restrengthen. However, Frances remained stable at Category 2 intensity with 105 miles per hour (169 km/h) maximum sustained winds while it battered the east coast of Florida between Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach for much of September 4. At 11 pm, the western edge of Frances' eyewall began moving onshore. Because of Frances' large eye, which was roughly 80 miles (130 km) across, and its slow forward motion, the center of circulation remained offshore for several more hours. At 1 am EDT on September 5 (0500 UTC), the center of the broad eye of Frances made landfall along the Florida coast, at the southern end of Hutchinson Island, near Sewall's Point, Jensen Beach and Port Salerno, Florida.[13] Late on September 5, Frances picked up speed due to a strengthening high pressure system to its north and crossed the Florida Peninsula, emerging over the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa as a tropical storm. After a short trip over the Gulf of Mexico, Frances made a second landfall near St. Marks, Florida. Frances headed inland, weakening to a tropical depression and causing heavy rainfall over the southern and eastern United States. As Tropical Depression Frances turned northeast,[13] United States meteorologists at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center continued issuing advisories on the system until it crossed the Canadian border into Quebec, where heavy rainfall also fell.[17]

Photo of Hurricane Frances taken by Mike Fincke aboard the International Space Station on August 27, 2004

Over the next day, the hurricane underwent an eyewall replacement cycle, during which the maximum sustained winds decreased to 115 miles per hour (185 km/h).[13] This weakening trend was short lived, and the storm reintensified during the afternoon of August 30, as vertical wind shear remained low.[14] The storm continued strengthening as it turned west-northwestward, reaching its peak intensity of 145 miles per hour (233 km/h) on September 2 while 555 miles (893 km) east-southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.[15] On September 2, Frances entered the Bahamas, passing directly over San Salvador Island and very close to Cat Island. The storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane by 2 pm, which was initially attributed to inner core processes,[16] but increasing westerly winds aloft, and the resultant vertical wind shear, was later determined to be the cause.[13] On September 3, Frances passed into the vicinity of Abaco Island and directly over Grand Bahama while continuing to slowly weaken. The storm regained Category 2 hurricane intensity prior to passing over Grand Bahama Island and also slowed in forward speed due to a weakness in the subtropical ridge to its north. Parts of South Florida began to be affected by squalls and the outer rainbands of the hurricane at this time. Gusts from 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) to as high as 87 miles per hour (140 km/h) were reported from Jupiter Inlet to Miami.[13]

Hurricane Frances on September 2, 2004, as a Category 4 hurricane

The tropical storm, now named Frances, further intensified on August 26 in an environment of low vertical wind shear as its track bent to the west-northwest.[8] Frances rapidly intensified, developing an eye and reaching hurricane strength late that afternoon.[9] An approaching upper level trough caused Frances to move more northwesterly on August 27.[10] The cyclone reached its primary peak intensity of 135 miles per hour (217 km/h) on August 28.[11] The hurricane turned back to its original westward motion on August 29, as the upper trough moved away the region and the subtropical ridge strengthened to Frances' north.[12]

[7].Lesser Antilles and the depression strengthened to tropical storm status on August 25, approximately 1,420 miles (2,290 km) east of the [6] Good upper-level outflow was observed in all but the eastern quadrants as the depression continued on its path,[5] that evening.tropical depression and the system became a [4]

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