Tropical Storm Marco was the smallest tropical cyclone on record. The
thirteenth named storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, Marco
developed out of a broad area of low pressure over the northwestern
Caribbean during late September 2008. Influenced by a tropical wave on
October 4, a small low-level circulation center developed over Belize.
After crossing the southern end of the Yucatán Peninsula, the low was
declared Tropical Depression Thirteen early on October 6. The
depression quickly intensified into a tropical storm (pictured) and was
given the name Marco later that day. Marco reached its peak intensity
with winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) early on October 7. Around
this time, tropical storm force winds extended 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
from the center of the storm, making Marco the smallest tropical cyclone
on record. Around 1200 UTC, Marco made landfall near Misantla,
Veracruz. The storm rapidly weakened after landfall, dissipating later
that day. Because of its small size, Marco caused minimal damage.
However, the storm's heavy rains led to floods up to 10 feet (3.0 m)
deep that covered highways and damaged homes.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Marco_(2008)>
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