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Hurricane RITA


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HURRICANE RITA ADVISORY NUMBER  28
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
10 AM CDT SAT SEP 24 2005

...RITA LOSING PUNCH FAST...EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINS
DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS...
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500Z...THE HURRICANE WARNING FROM HIGH ISLAND TEXAS
TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM
WARNING.
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500Z...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE
SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF LOUISIANA EAST OF MORGAN CITY TO THE MOUTH OF
THE PEARL RIVER...INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE
PONTCHARTRAIN HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE. 
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RITA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 31.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE  94.3 WEST...NEAR JASPER TEXAS.
 
RITA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 12 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. 

RITA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.
WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE
CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 140 MILES.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  960 MB...28.35 INCHES.

THE COASTAL STORM FLOODING SHOULD BEGIN TO SLOWLY SUBSIDE TODAY. 
HOWEVER...TIDES ALONG THE SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI
COASTS IN AREAS AFFECTED BY KATRINA COULD BE 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE
NORMAL AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES... AND RESIDENTS THERE ARE
EXPERIENCING COASTAL FLOODING.  LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY RITA WILL
LIKELY CONTINUE TO AFFECT MOST PORTIONS OF THE GULF COAST.
 
RITA'S SLOW MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE VERY HEAVY RAINS 
OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...WITH RAINFALL TOTALS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES
POSSIBLE ACROSS EASTERN TEXAS...WESTERN LOUISIANA AND SOUTHERN
ARKANSAS.  MAXIMUM RAINFALL TOTALS IN EXCESS OF 25 INCHES MAY OCCUR
OVER LOCALIZED AREAS.  RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES WITH
ISOLATED HEAVIER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS.
 
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE TODAY AND TONIGHT OVER FAR EASTERN
TEXAS...LOUISIANA...SOUTHERN ARKANSAS...AND MISSISSIPPI.

REPEATING THE 10 AM CDT POSITION...31.0 N... 94.3 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 12 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 75 MPH. 
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 960 MB.
 
AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 1 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 4 PM
CDT.
 
FORECASTER AVILA
 
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