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All About Hurricane Nadine

Reported by Convoy of Hope

With each year’s Atlantic hurricane season, you can access a list of potential names for tropical storms and hurricanes.

That list originates and is recycled with five other lists every six years by the World Meteorological Organization.

You can view the current six lists here.

A name is retired and replaced when a storm with that name causes extreme property damage and loss of life.

Nadine is the 14th name on the list for 2024.

Hurricane Nadine

Nadine’s history does not include any major storms in the Atlantic, the setting for this series of articles.

  • • Tropical Storm Nadine in 2000 never threatened land.
  • • Hurricane Nadine in 2012 also stayed out to sea.
  • • Tropical Storm Nadine in 2018 continued that trend.

Separate naming lists are used in the Western Pacific, and Nadine has been the name of five typhoons and four tropical storms there between 1948 and 1978.

All named storms are a form of tropical cyclone — a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low-level circulation.

Tropical Depression Nadine

Early in a cyclone’s development, as a tropical depression, wind speeds are less than 39 mph. Tropical depressions are not named but are numbered and tracked in case they grow into tropical storms or hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Nadine

Should a sufficiently powerful weather system develop late enough in the season with a sustained wind speed of 39 mph, Tropical Storm Nadine will make its debut.

Hurricane Nadine

If that speed reaches 74 mph, Hurricane Nadine will enter the record books.

If you live in an area where such a storm system is expected, take all necessary precautions, keep up to date on reports of the storm’s path, and don’t underestimate the potential impact to your community.

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When Was Hurricane Nadine?

The 14th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season grew into a hurricane on September 15.

It only held that status for a day before weakening back to a tropical storm. But on September 28 it again intensified and reached its peak strength, again holding hurricane status for only a day.

Because the system was first formed on September 10 and dissipated on October 4, Nadine is listed as the fourth-longest-lived Atlantic hurricane on record. But that life cycle only included two days of hurricane force winds.

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Where Did Hurricane Nadine Hit?

In 2012, Hurricane Nadine never made landfall. However, while moving through the Atlantic, it caused some tropical storm force winds on a few islands in the Azores.

What Category Was Hurricane Nadine?

Hurricane Nadine in 2012 only reached Category 1 status. Because it remained over water, its potential for destruction was greatly reduced.

  • • A Category 1 hurricane has sustained wind speeds of at least 74 mph 10 meters above the ground surface when averaged over a 1-minute period.
  • • A Category 1 designation is used for winds with speeds through 95 mph. By the time you reach Category 5, those wind speeds are equal or greater than 157 mph.

There is no top limit, so the highest a hurricane can be rated is as a Category 5 regardless of how much its winds exceed 157 mph. This evaluation system is called the Saffir-Simpson scale, and you can read more about it here.

What Time Will Hurricane Nadine Make Landfall?

If you research, “What time did Hurricane Nadine make landfall?” you won’t find any data because Hurricane Nadine stayed out to sea in 2012.

More importantly, there is no correlation between the landfall of a historic hurricane and when a current storm system might reach land.

No data from the past will help you prepare if Nadine becomes a significant storm in 2024.

It’s wise to stay up to date on weather forecasts and be aware of a specific storm’s estimated landfall if a current storm is predicted to reach your region. Thanks to satellite and radar imagery, those predictions can be very accurate, giving you plenty of time to prepare.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to reach a safe area.

This article will be updated should more details about Nadine become available in 2024.

How Many People Died in Hurricane Nadine?

Hurricane Nadine caused no loss of life in 2012. No storm named Nadine has been lethal in the Atlantic.

What Was the Path of Hurricane Nadine?

Should Nadine develop into a hurricane this year, you’ll find a lot of daily information on its current path. In many cases, the beginning of such a path is in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa.

As that system moves west across the Atlantic, often in the general direction of the Caribbean, it can strengthen and organize into a tropical storm and then a hurricane.

In 2012, a weather system from West Africa on September 7 began to move into the Atlantic, a system that would become organized enough on September 10 to become the first stage of Hurricane Nadine.

During Nadine’s first day as a hurricane, September 15, it moved back east toward Africa. After moving erratically in a loop, Nadine was headed primarily northwest when it regained hurricane status on September 28, again maintaining that designation for only a day. It looped eastward again as it dissipated.

Convoy of Hope & Hurricanes

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization serving the poor and hungry in dozens of program countries around the world.

Because natural disasters have such a deep and negative impact on communities, Convoy views disaster response as integral to its larger mission.

Food, water, and other key resources quickly become scarce following hurricanes and other disasters.

In 2024, Convoy is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For 26 of those years, Convoy has been serving communities impacted by storms, beginning in 1998 with a response to flooding in Del Rio, Texas, that followed that year’s Tropical Storm Charley.

Hurricanes continue to be an annual priority for the organization.

How Convoy Responds to Disasters

  • 1. The Disaster Services team at Convoy’s World Distribution Center follows weather updates closely throughout hurricane season.
  • 2. Days ahead of a predicted landfall, careful planning pulls together the resources intended for distribution in affected communities.
  • 3. Volunteers and team members pack food, water, cleaning supplies, and more before a convoy of trucks heads toward the disaster zone.
  • 4. After a hurricane has passed and a community’s needs become clear, one or more distribution points can begin operation.
  • 5. With the help of local churches and other organizations, volunteers and Convoy team members offload pallets of supplies from semi-trucks and strategically position them across a large parking lot.
  • 6. Soon, residents are driving by gratefully accepting groceries, bottled water, bags of ice, cleaning supplies, and other resources.

Hurricane Idalia: A Case Study

When Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida on August 30, 2023, it brought sustained winds of 115 mph and created a larger storm surge and higher wind gusts than that part of the Gulf had seen in 125 years.

Some areas — like the island city of Cedar Key — experienced a 9-foot storm surge.

Convoy’s team had been following reports on Idalia closely. Personnel were on the ground in Perry, Florida, by the next day assessing damage and meeting local officials and partners to identify the best ways to meet needs.

To learn more about Convoy’s long-term response to Hurricane Idalia, watch the video above!

Within a week, Convoy had distributed more than 287,000 pounds of relief supplies to tens of thousands of people across the region.

When storm damage is sufficiently severe, Convoy develops a long-term recovery response. A year or more after a major storm, Convoy may still be onsite with follow-up distributions.

For example, LaPlace, Louisiana, was the site of a Convoy recovery event in November 2022 for regions hit hard by 2021’s Hurricane Ida.

Convoy teams distributed groceries, hot meals, and home goods. At recovery events like these, insurance specialists and mental health professionals provide legal aid, talk people through insurance difficulties, and offer emotional care.

Convoy of Hope Disaster Services responds to natural disasters around the world — earthquakes, floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and drought — offering help and hope to people facing some of the most challenging circumstances in their lives.

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