On this date 2003, meteorologists at NASA pinpointed as the exact date Hurricane Isabael began to form, in the Ethiopian highalnds. It was reported : “Blowing its first breath from East Africa, Hurricane Isabel began to form on August 25, 2003, when winds over the Gulf of A…
den intersected with the Ethiopian Highlands. It swirled across Africa and grew into a tropical depression over the Atlantic on September 6. Over the next several days it gained size and speed over warm Atlantic waters, twice reaching Category Five status. By September 18, when the hurricane made landfall at Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, it was a Category Two storm with maximum sustained winds near 85 knots.