|Category 4 Hurricane (SSHS)|
|Hurricane Darell at peak intensity|
|Formed||June 19, 2012|
|Dissipated||June 25, 2012|
|Highest winds|| 1-minute sustained:|
150 mph (240 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||937 mbar (hPa); 27.67 inHg|
|Damage||$590 million (2012 SCS)|
|Areas affected||San Francisco|
|Part of the 2012 Biolixi Ocean hurricane season|
Darell was the fourth named storm, thrid hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2012 Biolixi Ocean hurricane season. Darell's duration was between June 19 and June 25. Darell was category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 150 mph and minimum pressure of 937 mbar. Darell was a very dangerous hurricane that caused widespread scare across San Francisco. Darell wasn't a very devastating system, it only produced a widespread scare because of its shear size and strength. Darell made a weak landfall as a category 1 hurricane on the Barrier Peninsula coast. Elsewhere, Darell's main impacts were strong winds, heavy rain, and dangerous rip currents.
Meteorological HistoryEditOn June 17, a vigorous tropical low developed in between the Biolixi Islands and San Francsico. The National Hurricane Center gave the system a 90% chance of develpoing on June 18; and on June 19 the system became Tropical Depression Four with 35 mph winds. Due to stalling over warm waters and the rapid intensification of the depression, Four became Tropical Storm Darell later the same day. Since Darell was undergoing rapid intensification, as predicted, Darell became the third hurricane of the season off the coast of Virginia on June 20. Darell continued its rapid intensification throughout the day on June 20, Darell became a category 2 hurricane later that day. On June 21, a very defined eye-wall developed and Darell strengthened into a category 3 major hurricane. As predicted by the National Hurricane Center, Darell became a category 4 hurricane with intense winds of 150 mph and minimum pressure down to 937 mbar on the afternoon June 22. Afterwards, Darell began its weakening process on June 23. Early on June 24, Darell rapidly weakened to a category 3, then category 2, then category 1 before landfall on the Barrier Peninsula due to merging with a dry high pressure system. After landfall, Darell quickly dissipated on June 25 due to merging with dry air. Darell caused around 590 million simoleons in damage and 4 fatalities.
Preparations and ImpactEdit
Darell caused severe flooding to the coast of the Barrier Peninsula which is a part of San Francisco. Darell made a landfall as a category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 80 mph, this caused damaging winds and flooding. Many preparations were ordered along all coasts in San Francisco because of the shear size of Darell and its strength, mandatory evacuations were also ordered for the same reasons. The National Hurricane Center and San Francisco predicted the estimations for the damage to be around 575 million simoleons. Deaths are expected to be around 4 or 5, Darell's real affects were around 590 million simoleons in damage and 4 fatalities, a little higher than they originally predicted.