Hurricane Florence - September 24-28, 1953

  A tropical wave crossed the Caribbean Sea from September 21st through 23rd.  The system organized
southeast of Jamaica, becoming a hurricane as it moved through the Yucatan Channel on the 24th.  Florence
intensified into a major hurricane on the 25th, before cooler air and cool waters in the northern Gulf of Mexico
led to a weakening trend.  The system moved ashore the Florida panhandle as a minor hurricane between Fort
Walton Beach and Panama City Beach, Florida before becoming an extratropical cyclone, which sped east-
northeast out to sea.

The graphics below show the storm total rainfall for Florence.  The maximum occurred near and to the left
of its track, due to rainfall which fell ahead of the system along a frontal boundary.  Rainfall information
was obtained from the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

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