Atlantic Highway: The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is an intense and very warm current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, zooms around east coast of Florida and flows northward along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, ultimately clashing with the cold waters of the North Atlantic.

An incredible amount of water rushes through the Gulf Stream and it also acts as a highway for migrating sharks and other fishes of the sea. Additionally, the Gulf Stream is also a feeding ground for hurricanes. Like drinking an energy shot, tropical systems usually intensify rapidly and accelerate when they propagate over this intense warm current.

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Kiana, AK (1976)
A weak tornado occurred, about 2.9 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Elizabeth, PA (1979)
A heavy thunderstorm at Elizabeth, PA, 20 miles SE of Pittsburgh, tore the roof off an apartment building and downed about 100 trees. Trees were also knocked over at McKeesport, PA.

Dearborn Co., IN (1864)
A railroad train on a Cincinnati to Chicago run lost a right of way meeting with a tornado. Accident occurred in Dearborn Co., SE IN, 15 miles from Laurenceburg at 5:45 PM. Train lifted off track - over 30 persons injured.

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