|Tropical storm (SSHS)|
|Earl near peak intensity on August 3|
|Formed||August 2, 2016|
|Dissipated||August 5, 2016|
|Highest winds|| 1-minute sustained:|
65 mph (100 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||997 mbar (hPa); 29.44 inHg|
|Damage||$200 million (2016 USD)|
|Areas affected||Lesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Yucatan Peninsula, Veracruz|
|Part of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season|
Meteorological History Edit
On July 28, the National Hurricane Center noted the possibility of a westward moving tropical wave developing into a tropical cyclone. This tropical wave was designated Invest 97L. Initially, the wave struggled to develop due to strong trade winds not allowing the cyclone to form a circulation. Organization of the wave improved on July 31, but a closed circulation still struggled to form. After a Hurricane Hunters reconaissance aircraft identified that the circulation of 97L closed off, the disturbance was classified as a tropical storm at 15:00 UTC on August 2, receiving the name Earl. The cyclone already had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph when it formed into a tropical cyclone. Earl then intensified the next day to its peak intensity, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and a minimum pressure of 997 millibars. Earl then made landfall early on August 4 in the Yucatan Peninsula. Earl then moved northwestward and emerged into the Bay of Campeche where it acquired a secondary peak intensity with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph. Earl then dissipated late on August 5 as it made its second landfall in Veracruz.
Earl caused a total of 12 fatalities, 6 of which occurred before the system was named as a tropical cyclone. Damage was estimated at $200 million.