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Hurricane BETA


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HURRICANE BETA ADVISORY NUMBER  10
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM EDT SAT OCT 29 2005

...SLOW-MOVING HURRICANE BETA CONTINUES TO BATTER PROVIDENCIA ISLAND
   WITH DAMAGING WINDS... TORRENTIAL RAINFALL... AND HIGH SURF...
 
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLAND OF PROVIDENCIA.
A HURRICANE WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE EASTERN COAST OF
NICARAGUA FROM BLUEFIELDS NORTHWARD TO CABO GRACIAS A DIOS NEAR THE
NICARAGUA/HONDURAS BORDER...AND ADJACENT ISLANDS.
 
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTEASTERN COAST OF HONDURAS
FROM PUNTA PATUCA TO CABO GRACIAS A DIOS. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH
REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF HONDURAS FROM LIMON
EASTWARD TO WEST OF PUNTA PATUCA.
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR
THE CARIBBEAN COAST OF NICARAGUA SOUTH OF BLUEFIELDS TO THE BORDER
WITH COSTA RICA.
 
A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.  PREPARATIONS TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. A
HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN
THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.  A TROPICAL STORM WATCH
MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH
AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.
 
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 HURRICANE BETA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 13.7 NORTH... LONGITUDE 81.5 WEST OR ABOUT 145 MILES...
235 KM... SOUTHEAST OF CABO GRACIAS A DIOS AND ABOUT 130 MILES...
210 KM...EAST OF PUERTO CABEZAS NICARAGUA.
 
BETA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR  3 MPH... 6 KM/HR. A
CONTINUED SLOW MOTION TO THE NORTHWEST OR WEST-NORTHWEST IS
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. HOWEVER... SINCE STEERING
CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN WEAK... SOME ERRATIC MOTION WILL BE
POSSIBLE... AND BETA COULD EVEN BECOME STATIONARY AT TIMES.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  80 MPH...130 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. BETA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.
STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS... AND BETA COULD
BECOME A STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE BEFORE IT MAKES LANDFALL
ALONG THE EAST COAST OF NICARAGUA.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  15 MILES... 30 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO  50 MILES... 85 KM. PROVIDENCIA ISLAND HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING
HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS. REPORTS FROM THE
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF COLOMBIA CONTINUE TO INDICATE EXTENSIVE
DAMAGE HAS OCCURRED TO HOMES... AND THERE ARE STILL NO
COMMUNICATIONS WITH RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND.
 
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  985 MB...29.09 INCHES.
 
STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 4 TO 7 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IS
STILL POSSIBLE ON PROVIDENCIA WHILE THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BETA IS
NEARBY. STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 10 TO 13 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF NICARAGUA NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL.
 
HURRICANE BETA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WITH
TOTALS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES ACROSS NORTHEASTERN HONDURAS...NICARAGUA
...SAN ANDRES...AND PROVIDENCIA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF
20 INCHES POSSIBLE. RAINFALL TOTALS MAY EXCEED 25 INCHES ON
PROVIDENCIA ISLAND.
 
REPEATING THE 5 AM EDT POSITION...13.7 N... 81.5 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR  3 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 80 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 985 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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