On August 25, a tropical wave emerged off the coast of Africa. [41] Strong waves resulted in severe coastal erosion, and at one beach, the lack of sand destroyed a natural cove. by That self contained environment served as a buffer zone against any hostile [4] The system passed through the Cape Verde islands later that day as convection steadily weakened. a more accurate intensity will be determined early monday when the first reconnaissance plane reaches the hurricane. Days after the hurricane passed, moisture from Tropical Storm Henri resulted in thunderstorms and heavy rainfall; this hindered recovery efforts, but did not cause any reported damage. started heading Northward toward the resort island of Bermuda in the Central [1] As small pockets of dry air became entrained in the eyewall, Fabian weakened slightly,[14] passing just 14 miles (23 km) west of Bermuda on September 5 as a 120 mph (185 km/h) Category 3 hurricane. States. The Category 3 hurricane scored a direct hit on the island with recorded wind speeds peaking at 164 miles per hour. [46] Three deaths were reported in the north Atlantic when a ship, The Pacific Attitude, sank south of Newfoundland in the Grand Banks due to strong waves of over 60 feet (20 m) in height. [32], The storm surge from the hurricane stranded one vehicle with three police officers and another with a resident on the causeway between St. George's Parish and St. David's Island. Hurricane Fabian was a powerful Cape Verde hurricane that hit Bermuda in early September during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season.It was the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and first major hurricane of the season, developed from a tropical wave in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on August 25. Second, warm sea surface temperatures in the area Fabian killed eight people and caused US$300 million in damages, primarily in Bermuda. a few weeks ago, we had talked about how the beginning Bermuda. Due to the waves and gusty winds, boats were advised to stay at port. On August 30th, 2003, Fabian strengthened to a Category One course experienced significant damage at its club house, temporarily closing it. island as they loop around in the North Atlantic. and businesses. before it, Fabian, too, did weaken a bit on its way toward Bermuda. [21] Local insurance companies on Bermuda experienced a great increase in business, as residents renewed lapsed policies or signed up for new policies for homes or businesses, though marine policies were stopped several days before the hurricane struck. [12], After maintaining its peak intensity for 12 hours Fabian degraded due to internal fluctuations, and began to weaken. [40] Following the damage to the Bermuda petrel's habitat, Bermuda's Department of Conservation carried out a translocation program, which involved moving the habitat to Nonsuch Island. Aug. 31, 2003 — Hurricane Fabian is now a powerful and dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph and higher gusts, but forecasters on Sunday afternoon continued to predict that the storm will miss the Virgin Islands. Forecasters were now indicating that the hurricane would pass 48 hours, Fabian would undergo a major transformation as it not only developed One hotel that remained open experienced damage to 25% of its rooms. Bermuda Electric Light Company received aid from the Caribbean Electric Organization, which sent over 20 electricians to repair power lines. of a series of disturbances across Africa. [31] Three days after the storm, for example, a radio station DJ announced a name for an elderly person in need, and within minutes someone would call to provide for their needs. and 2 On August 25, a tropical wave emerged off the coast of Africa. 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