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Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With Tropical Storm-Like Conditions

By www.wunderground.com — last modified Nov 10, 2014 11:38 AM
A rare "Medicane"--a hybrid storm with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical storm--formed over the South Central Mediterranean Sea on Friday and moved over the island of Malta, bringing them tropical storm-like conditions. As reported by Dr Jeff Masters of www.wunderground.com

Published: 2014-11-10 00:00:00
Topics: Weather
Countries: Italy , Malta

Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With Tropical Storm-Like Conditions

MODIS satellite image of the November 7, 2014 "Medicane" near Malta in the Mediterranean: © NASA

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Winds at the Luqa, Malta Airport looked suspiciously like what one would observe with a tropical storm passing overhead--a double peak with a near-calm in between, with the pressure falling to 984 mb during the calm. Winds peaked in Malta at 47 mph, gusting to 66 mph, at 6:37 pm local time, and the island was lashed with flooding rains. At least one funnel cloud was also observed.

A Personal Weather Station (PWS) on the north coast of Malta recorded sustained winds of 69 mph, gusting to 96 mph, with a minimum pressure of 979 mb.

Lampedusa e Linosa, Italy, an island between Malta and Tunisa: sustained at 53 mph, gusting to 84 mph. A PWS on Linosa Island recorded a minimum pressure of 982 mb and wind gust to 61 mph.

As of late Friday night, the storm was moving northwards along the east coast of Sicily, Italy, bringing them heavy rain and strong winds.

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