Case Study: Tropical Storm Brenda

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Tropical Storm Brenda (tracking map pictured) was the second named storm of the 1960 Atlantic hurricane season. It developed in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico on July 28, and became a tropical storm after moving ashore over the Florida Peninsula. Accelerating northeast along the U.S. East Coast, it peaked north of Wilmington, North Carolina, as a moderate storm with winds of 60 mph (97 km/h). After crossing the Mid-Atlantic States and New England, it dissipated on July 31 over southern Canada. The storm inflicted moderate damage in Florida, the worst since Hurricane Easy of 1950, and dropped heavy rainfall as far north as New York City. Total damage was estimated at $5 million, and at least one traffic-related death was blamed on the cyclone.

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