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Hurricane Hope was a tropical cyclone that intensified into a major hurricane. It was the eighth named storm, second hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season.
In mid-October, a tropical wave exited the coast of Africa. It became a tropical depression shortly after entering the Atlantic Ocean, with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) numbering it Seven on October 17. Tropical Depression Seven did not stengthen fast, and travel fast, either (it had a foreward speed of 4 miles per hour (mph)). A two-day Hurricane Hunters flight recorded 45 mph winds and a 997 millibar (mb) on October 19. Thus, the NHC upgraded the depression to Tropical Storm Hope. After being named, Hope gradually intensified, reaching 60 mph and 992 mb the next day, and 70 mph and 984 mb on October 22, in the face of cold sea surface tempratures. Finally, after 100 hours of continuous battle with the ocean, Hope became a 85 mph hurricane early on October 24. Hope became a Category 2 hurricane later that day. Over the next 12 hours, Hurricane Hope's pressure suddenly dropped to 963 mb in slightly over two hours. However, the winds remained at Category 2 force (110 mph winds) until the afternoon of October 26, when a second Hurricane Hunters flight recorded 115 mph winds, making Hope a Category 3 major hurricane, the first one of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season. Shortly after reaching its peak intensity, Hope explosively weakened back to a tropical storm in six hours. The pressure plummeted up to 1005 mb, too. Tropical Storm Hope only existed for 12 more hours before dissipating.
Impact and retirement
No warnings or watches were put as a result of Hurricane Hope.
No damage was caused by Hope.
No fatalities (direct or indirect) were caused by Hope. However, a person went missing after moderate seas in Newfoundland swept him out to sea.
Due to the lack of any real impact, the name Hope was not retired.