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Tropical Storm OPHELIA


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TROPICAL STORM OPHELIA ADVISORY NUMBER   8
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM EDT THU SEP 08 2005

...OPHELIA SLOWLY GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED AS IT REMAINS STATIONARY
EAST OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA COAST...
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE EAST COAST OF
FLORIDA FROM COCOA BEACH NORTHWARD TO FLAGLER BEACH.  A TROPICAL
STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA
COAST FROM NORTH OF FLAGLER BEACH TO FERNANDINA BEACH. A TROPICAL
STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.
 
INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL FLORIDA...AND THE
SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES COAST SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
THIS SYSTEM.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 5 AM EDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM OPHELIA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.7 NORTH... LONGITUDE 79.5 WEST OR ABOUT 
70 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA.
 
OPHELIA HAS BEEN NEARLY STATIONARY FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS. STEERING
CURRENTS ARE FORECAST TO REMAIN WEAK...SO SOME ERRATIC MOTION...
INCLUDING SMALL LOOPS...WILL BE POSSIBLE.  HOWEVER... A GENERAL
NORTHWARD DRIFT IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND NOAA
LAND-BASED DOPPLER RADARS INDICATE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE
INCREASED TO NEAR   60 MPH... 95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SLOW
STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  70 MILES
...MAINLY NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER. NOAA DOPPLER RADAR DATA INDICATE
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE OCCURRING WITHIN 25 MILES OF CAPE
CANAVERAL.
 
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  994 MB...29.35 INCHES.
 
OPHELIA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO
3 INCHES ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN FLORIDA...AND
SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 5
INCHES.
 
REPEATING THE 5 AM EDT POSITION...28.7 N... 79.5 W.  MOVEMENT
...STATIONARY.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 60 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 994 MB.
 
AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 8 AM EDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT
COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 11 AM EDT.
 
FORECASTER STEWART
 
 
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