Hurricane Marie (2014)
Marie was the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At its peak, the hurricane’s gale-force winds spanned an area 575 mi across. Marie brought one of the largest hurricane-related surf events to southern Mexico in decades. It then degenerated into a remnant low on August 29.
About Hurricane Marie (2014) in brief
On August 10, a tropical wave emerged off the west coast of Africa over the Atlantic Ocean. The wave tracked westward across the Atlantic and Caribbean for several days. By August 22, the system acquired enough organization to be classified as Tropical Depression Thirteen-E. On August 24, Marie developed an eye and rapidly intensified to a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 160 mph. At its peak, the hurricane’s gale-force winds spanned an area 575 mi across. Marie subsequently underwent an eyewall replacement cycle on August 25 which prompted steady weakening. Marie progressively degraded to below hurricane strength as it moved into an increasingly hostile environment with cooler waters and a more stable atmosphere. The remnant cyclone eventually lost a well defined center and dissipated on September 2 about 1,200 mi northeast of Hawaii. Although Marie’s center remained well away from land throughout its entire existence, its large size brought increased surf to areas from Southwestern Mexico northward to southern California. Three people drowned after their boat capsized in rough seas. One person drowned in the surf near Malibu. Hundreds of ocean rescues, including over 100 in Malibu alone, were attributed to the storm. Swells of 10 to 15 ft battered coastal areas, with structural damage occurring on Santa Catalina Island and in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
A breakwater near Long Beach sustained USD 10 million worth of damage, with portions gouged out. Marie brought one of the largest hurricane-related surf events to southern Mexico in decades. It also caused flooding in Colima and Oaxaca, resulting in two fatalities. Marie is tied as the seventh-most intense Pacific hurricane on record, attaining a barometric pressure of 918 mbar in August 2014 and the sixth- most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2014. It is the only hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was the first hurricane to do so in the Pacific Ocean since Hurricane Gloria in 1992. It has also been the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Ike in October 2005. Marie was the most intense hurricane to strike the United Kingdom since Hurricane Wilma in October 2004. It had sustained winds of up to 110 mph (175 km/h) and had sustained a sustained sustained circulation of more than 100 miles (160 km) per hour (185 mph) for a period of time. Marie’s maximum sustained winds were around 80 mph (130 km/hr) and it had sustained sustained sustained winds up to 100 mph (150 km/H) for about 24 hours. It made landfall in Mexico on August 22. It then degenerated into a remnant low on August 29.