Synopsis of FCMP Deployment
As the center of Hurricane Dennis trekked
past the southwest tip of the Isle of Youth over western mainland Cuba
on October 1st, FCMP teams from CU and UF traveled to Mobile, Alabama.
On the morning of October 2nd (while the cyclone turned northward
through the Gulf of Mexico), FCMP personnel and equipment caravanned
to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and set up base camp. In the
afternoon, the team split into two deployment groups. The first
team traveled west along I-10 inserting towers in Lafeyette (T0) and
Baton Rouge (T1). The second team traveled south placing towers
in Donaldsonville (T2) and Lydia (T3). With 9 personnel working,
the four towers went operational over a 7-hour period (between 2/2303
and 3/0616 UTC).
Between Cuba and Louisiana, Dennis intensified to 64.4 m/s (144 mph)
early on the 3rd over the north-central Gulf of Mexico and then
rapidly weakened during the 13 hours until landfall. Dennis made
landfall on the Louisiana coast with an estimated 41.2 m/s (92.2 mph)
maximum wind speed.
Participating Team Members
Mark Leviatan, LSU
Tim Reinhold, PhD
Kirby --, LSU
Insurance Services Group