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Hurricane RITA


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TROPICAL STORM RITA ADVISORY NUMBER  29
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
4 PM CDT SAT SEP 24 2005

...RITA EXPECTED TO BECOME A RAIN MAKER IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO...
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM HIGH ISLAND TEXAS
TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 4 PM CDT...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM RITA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 32.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.0 WEST OR ABOUT 25 MILES
SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA.
 
RITA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 12 MPH. A GRADUAL TURN TO THE
NORTHEAST AND EAST WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  RITA IS
EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DURING THE NEXT 12 HOURS OR
SO.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160 MILES TO THE
SOUTH OF THE CENTER.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 980 MB...28.94 INCHES.

THE COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING SHOULD CONTINUE 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 IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES ALONG THE PATH OF THE STORM FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS NORTHWARD
INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.  ISOLATED
MAXIMUM STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 15 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.
 
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY TO THE EAST
OF THE TRACK OF RITA... OVER LOUISIANA... MISSISSIPPI... AND
ARKANSAS.

REPEATING THE 4 PM CDT POSITION...32.1 N... 94.0 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 12 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 50 MPH. 
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 980 MB.
 
AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 7 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 10 PM
CDT.
 
FORECASTER AVILA
 
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