Tropical Storm Keith, the eleventh tropical storm of the 1988 season,
was the latest North Atlantic tropical cyclone in the calendar year to
strike the Continental United States since the 1925 season. Keith
developed out of a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on November 17
and reached a peak intensity of 70 mph (110 km/h) shortly before
striking the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. It turned
northeastward in the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall near Sarasota,
Florida, on November 23. Keith became extratropical near Bermuda on
November 24. The extratropical remnant persisted for two more days.
Keith produced moderate to heavy rainfall in Honduras, Jamaica, and
Cuba. Minimal damage was reported in Mexico. The last of four named
North Atlantic hurricanes to hit the United States during the season,
Keith produced moderate rainfall, rough storm surge, and gusty winds
across central Florida. Overall damage was fairly minor but widespread,
totaling $7.3 million. Near the coast of Florida, damage occurred
mainly from storm surge and beach erosion. Further inland there were
floods, downed trees and power lines. No fatalities were reported.
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