Tropical Storms KLaus, Lili Dying Out
Oct. 09, 1990
MIAMI (AP) _ Tropical Storm Klaus fell apart off the Florida coast today after punishing the Bahamas with rains and gale-force winds, forecasters said.
Top winds dropped to 35 mph as the system disintegrated, and all storm warnings in the Bahamas were dropped.
Tropical Storm Lili also appeared ready to peter out in the mid-Atlantic, forecasters said. No more advisories were planned for both storm systems.
Klaus had prompted the Navy to cancel shore leave for sailors visiting Fort Lauderdale and order the fleet out to sea, but that order was dropped when the storm weakened into a tropical depression late this morning.
The biggest continuing danger from the storm's remnants was heavy rain across south Florida, coastal erosion and flooding, said Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables.
Flood warnings went up from the northern Florida Keys to Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County.
Water managers welcomed the rain, however, saying it can help alleviate the effects of a two-year drought.
By noon EDT, the depression left by Klaus was centered near 24.0 north latitude and 76.0 west longitude, or about 115 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. It was heading west-northwest at about 15 mph and was expected to continue on that course.
Klaus, the 11th named storm of the 1990 Atlantic hurricane season, briefly reached hurricane status Friday, leaving at least six dead and 1,500 homeless in the northeastern Caribbean before being downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm when its top winds dropped below 74 mph.
On Sunday, it was downgraded to a tropical depression when its winds dipped below 39 mph, but picked up enough strength to become a tropical storm again until today.
Lili, meanwhile, remained in the open Atlantic, and was turning into just another storm.
At noon EDT, Lili' was centered near 30.3 north latitude and 49.0 west longitude, or about 930 miles east of Bermuda.
Lili had top sustained winds of 65 mph and was expected to weaken by Wednesday as it headed south southwest at 8 mph.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.