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Hurricane Philippe off Brazil Joins Hurricane Rita in Gulf to Make 2005 the Most Active Atlantic Hurricane Season


September 22, 2005 (HDW) Brazil – Hurricane Philippe began as a tropical depression off the Brazilian coast on September 17, 2005. Once it was organized enough to have winds of over 62 kilometers per hour (39 miles per hour), it was classified as a tropical storm and given the name Philippe, becoming the 16th named storm system of the 2005 hurricane season. It continued to gather strength in the next few hours, becoming a category 1 hurricane just 24 hours later, while tropical storm Rita grabbed the title of the latest storm of the season. Adding Philippe and Rita to the roster of storms in 2005, the year has already become one most active Atlantic hurricane seasons since records were started in 1851.


The above picture of Hurricane Philippe was taken on 18 September 2005 by a NASA satellite as it was forming near Brazil. The storm was still not quite at hurricane strength, though it would reach this status only hours later. Philippe has the classic spiral structure of a hurricane, but there is little evidence yet of a well defined eye in the storm’s center.

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