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Tropical Storm Ingrid Fizzles in Far Atlantic

Date: 17-Sep-07
Country: US

The weather system was likely to continue to weaken due to
wind shear -- the difference in wind direction and speed at
different altitudes -- but some computer models still indicated
it could strengthen again if it clings on as a depression for a
few days, the US National Hurricane Center said.

The depression had top sustained winds of 35 miles per hour
(55 km per hour) as it swirled around 510 miles (820 km) east
of the Lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean at 11 a.m. EDT
(1500 GMT), the hurricane center said.

It was moving west-northwest at 10 mph (16 kph), on a track
that was likely to keep it over water well north of the
islands.

The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season has been active, though
far less ferocious than record-breaking 2005 when 28 storms
spawned 15 hurricanes, including Katrina, which flooded New
Orleans and killed 1,500 people on the US Gulf Coast.

On Thursday, Hurricane Humberto slammed into the
Texas-Louisiana border area with an unexpectedly powerful punch
that killed at least one person.

Before that, two maximum-strength Category 5 hurricanes,
Dean and Felix, struck Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Central
America respectively -- the first time on record that two
top-ranked storms on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale made
landfall in the same year.

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