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Hurricane ISABEL


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HURRICANE ISABEL INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  50B
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
3 PM EDT THU SEP 18 2003
 
...ISABEL MOVING INLAND...MADE LANDFALL AT 1 PM NEAR DRUM INLET...
 
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
TO CHINCOTEAGUE VIRGINIA...INCLUDING PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS...
AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF SMITH POINT.
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT NORTH OF CHINCOTEAGUE TO
MORICHES INLET NEW YORK...INCLUDING DELAWARE BAY. A TROPICAL STORM
WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT SOUTH OF CAPE FEAR TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER
SOUTH CAROLINA...FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM SMITH POINT
NORTHWARD...AND FOR THE TIDAL POTOMAC.
 
AT 3 PM EDT...1900Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISABEL WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 35.4 NORTH... LONGITUDE 76.6 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES
EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GREENVILLE NORTH CAROLINA.  ISABEL MADE LANDFALL
AT 1 PM EDT NEAR DRUM INLET...BETWEEN CAPE LOOKOUT AND OCRACOKE
ISLAND NORTH CAROLINA.
 
ISABEL HAS A VERY LARGE EYE...AND WINDS WITHIN THE EYE WILL
DIMINISH...BEFORE INCREASING RAPIDLY AS THE BACK EDGE OF THE EYE
PASSES BY.  PEOPLE ARE STRONGLY CAUTIONED NOT TO VENTURE OUT DURING
THE EYE PASSAGE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
 
ISABEL IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY WITH A TURN TO THE NORTH-NORTHWEST
OVERNIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ISABEL IS EXPECTED
TO CONTINUE MOVING INLAND OVER EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND
SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 95 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ALTHOUGH
ISABEL WILL WEAKEN AS IT MOVES INLAND...UNUSUALLY STRONG
WINDS...WITH GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE...MAY BE EXPERIENCED FAR
INLAND OVER THE ELEVATED TERRAIN OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND
MARYLAND...AS WELL AS ON HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS AND OTHER STRUCTURES.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES FROM THE
CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 345
MILES.
 
DUCK PIER NORTH CAROLINA JUST REPORTED A GUST TO 92 MPH.  WALLOPS
ISLAND MARYLAND RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST TO 61 MPH.
 
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 959 MB...28.32 INCHES.
 
STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 5 TO 8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...
ALONG WITH EXTREMELY LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...IS
EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER. STORM SURGE
FLOODING OF 4 TO 8 FT ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IS EXPECTED IN
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE TIDAL PORTIONS OF ADJACENT RIVERS. 
 
STORM TOTAL RAINFALLS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS...ARE LIKELY IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISABEL.
 
THERE IS A THREAT OF ISOLATED TORNADOES OVER EASTERN NORTH
CAROLINA...EASTERN VIRGINIA...AND SOUTHEASTERN MARYLAND TODAY.
 
REPEATING THE 3 PM EDT POSITION...35.4 N... 76.6 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS...95 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 959 MB.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE...AND STATEMENTS FROM
LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 5 PM EDT.
 
FORECASTER FRANKLIN
 
 
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