A weak tropical wave was reported to the Seally Hurricane Center on July 29th, 1992. It was quickly moving northwest towards the Jill/Easten border. It strengthened into a tropical storm on July 30th, yet none of the international hurricane centers named it, and it was sparsely covered by the media. Regardless, it strengthened into a small Category 1 storm on the morning of July 31st.
Still a Category 1, it made landfall 20 miles east of the Jill/Easten border on the evening of July 31. The area was sparsely populated, and there were no deaths as it weakened into a tropical depression.
As it moved NW, it was picked up by a tropical moisture flow and re-strengthened into a tropical storm again thanks to the moisture in the flow. It then moved eastward, rolling straight over the Port Justin Industrial Area.
As it moved over, the storm dumped 13 feet of rain, in addition to the 15 feet that had fell earlier in the year. As it drifted past Port Justin, it broke free of the tropical moisture flow, and weakened into a low pressure system. The last of the storm dissipated over the Monterry Sea on August 2nd.
Impact and aftermathEdit
The storm made landfall on a sparsely populated area of Easten. According to the Government Natural Disaster Report, 1992, the hurricane destroyed two farms and injured one in the area.
Port Justin's Industrial Area was heavily damaged by the rainfall and winds. An estimated $990 million was caused, mostly thanks to the failure of the water drainage system. Many of the buildings were not fit for tropical systems, for the area is 300+ miles from the coast, making it nearly impossible for a tropical system to do any subsequent damage to the infrastructure.
It was district's flood control system, which comprised of the Fern River, Shrubb River and the Diamond Reservoir that was at fault. The controls that opened the "emergency-only" floodgates for the Shrubb River had been jammed by vandals, resulting in the overflow of the Fern River, coupling with a dam break in the Diamond Reservoir. Water spilled out into a 7 square-mile area, flooding 70 buildings and killing 14 people. At the peak of the flood, the water level was 6.2 feet high.
It took over 5 days to clean the debris and reopen over half of the district to employees. The vandals that jammed the floodgate controls were found and sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 14 drownings.