Hurricane Katrina (1981)

Hurricane Katrina (1981)

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Hurricane Katrina (1981)

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Hurricane Katrina was the twenty-first tropical depression, eleventh named storm and seventh hurricane of the 1981 Atlantic hurricane season. During its lifetime, Katrina affected the Cayman Islands, Cuba and the Bahamas, causing the death of two people in Cuba as it passed over the island. The storm formed from an area of cloudiness on November 1 in the western Caribbean Sea; the cloudiness became Tropical Depression Twenty-one two days later, and Tropical Storm Katrina the following day. After passing over Grand Cayman, Katrina moved to the northeast, grazing Cuba as a Category 1 hurricane; it later affected the Bahamas as a tropical storm, where it caused 14 in (360 mm) of rainfall. Katrina merged with a frontal trough on November 7.

Meteorological history

On November 1, an area of disturbed weather developed over the western Caribbean. Subsequently, an area of low pressure began to form. On November 3, the system was designated a tropical depression while located about to the south of the Cayman Islands. The depression intensified while drifting northward, and it was upgraded to a tropical storm early on November 4. As the eleventh tropical storm of the 1981 Atlantic hurricane season, it received the name "Katrina".

Within 24 hours the storm passed by Grand Cayman Island. On nearby Cayman Brac, winds gusted to about . Continually strengthening, Katrina...
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