|Tropical storm (SSHWS/NWS)|
1-minute sustained: |
60 mph (95 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||998 mbar (hPa); 29.47 inHg|
|Damage||$500,000 (2044 USD)|
|Part of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season, 2044 Pacific hurricane season|
Tropical Storm Amy was a tropical cyclone that impacted Mexico. It was the first tropical depression and first tropical storm of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season.
The origins of Tropical Storm Amy was a tropical wave that formed near the northern coastline of Cuba in early June. Even though conditions were perfect for a tropical cyclone, the wave could not develop. It was because a closed circulation was not found by a Hurricane Huners flight into the system. However, as the disturbance neared the eastern coast of Mexico, satellite images showed the expanding area develop a closed circulation. As such, the disturbance was upgraded to Tropical Depression One on June 15. The newly formed depression got gradually closer to Mexico, steered there by a trough, but continued to hold 35 mph winds until June 19, when it was declared a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center, with the warning center naming it Amy. Soon after being named, the trough steering Amy abruptly dissipated, leaving the tropical storm adrift about 100 miles east of the Mexican coastline. Through June 20 and 21, Amy gradually picked up forward speed, reaching its peak intensity of 60 miles per hour, and a pressure of 998 millibars, before making a landfall over Northeastern Mexico near Matamoros. Over land, Amy weakened back to a tropical depression, but the depression remnants survived over the mountainous terrain of Mexico and crossed over to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The depression existed for about six hours in the Pacific before being absorbed into a large, extratropical cyclone.
Preparations and impact
Eighteen hours prior to its landfall, a tropical storm watch was put into effect for all of the Mexican coastline north of Veracruz due to Amy's large size. Six hours later, the watch was upgraded to a warning. It was ultimately cancelled after Amy made landfall. The Mexican government grounded all shipping into the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Campeche.
For the most part, Amy caused minor damage to Mexico. However, a boat that failed to reply to the government's orders capsized, drowning three men and two women. In addition, three landslides destroyed 100 homes and killed a nine-year-old trapped in the path of the landslide, causing $500 thousand dollars of damages.
Due to the minor damage Amy left behind, the name Amy was not retired.