DISCUSSION: In going back to July 20th, 1997, we remember the first and final landfall of Category 1 Hurricane Danny. It goes without saying that any hurricane landfall is hazardous to both life and property based on the fact that even a relatively weak tropical cyclone has the potential to create dangerous flooding and windy conditions both directly along the coastline and points further inland. Thus, in any situation where there is a threat of a landfall or a nearby tropical cyclone landfall, it is always imperative to take appropriate precautions to protect yourself, your family/friends, and any other important personal/professional assets.
In the case of Hurricane Danny, above all of the natural inherent threats tied to a typical tropical cyclone landfall, it was also a particularly slow-moving tropical low-pressure system. Therefore, as the center of the low continued to gradually move further inland, there were very heavy rainfall totals realized quite rapidly. In cases such as what happened with the landfall of Hurricane Danny, it is always imperative to heed the warnings of local emergency management officials and observe any and all evacuations or preparatory recommendations which are issued. As you can clearly see in the radar mosaic attached above, the very slow-moving nature of the landfall of Hurricane Danny allowed particular heavy rainfall banding features to continue to pivot over the same parts of far southern Alabama and Mississippi which facilitated very dramatic rainfall totals over a relatively short period of time.
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