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Hurricane CLAUDETTE


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HURRICANE CLAUDETTE ADVISORY NUMBER  28
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
10 AM CDT TUE JUL 15 2003

...EYE OF CLAUDETTE MOVING ONTO THE MIDDLE TEXAS COAST...
 
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE TEXAS COAST FROM
BAFFIN BAY TO HIGH ISLAND.
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS DISCONTINUED
FOR THE LOUISIANA COAST.  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN
EFFECT FOR THE TEXAS COAST NORTH OF HIGH ISLAND TO SABINE PASS.
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500 UTC...THE HURRICANE WATCH IS DISCONTINUED SOUTH
OF BAFFIN BAY TO BROWNSVILLE TEXAS.
 
AT 10 AM CDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE CLAUDETTE WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 28.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE  96.1 WEST OR ABOUT 20 MILES
EAST OF PORT OCONNOR TEXAS.
 
CLAUDETTE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH AND THIS
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.  THIS MOTION
SHOULD BRING THE EYE OF CLAUDETTE ACROSS THE TEXAS COAST IN THE
PORT OCONNOR TO PALACIOS AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 1 TO 2 HOURS. 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR DATA INDICATES PART OF THE
EYE IS ALREADY MOVING ONTO THE COAST.  WHEN THE EYE PASSES
OVERHEAD...THE WINDS WILL DECREASE TO NEAR CALM...AND THEN INCREASE
TO EQUAL OR EVEN GREATER FORCE THAN BEFORE THE EYE PASSED.  DO NOT
VENTURE OUT DURING THE PASSAGE OF THE EYE.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR  80 MPH...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE EYE OF CLAUDETTE MOVES
INLAND.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  30 MILES FROM THE
CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175
MILES.  HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING ALONG PORTIONS OF THE
MIDDLE TEXAS COAST...WITH TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ELSEWHERE ALONG
PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE AND UPPER TEXAS COAST.
 
THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS  981 MB...28.97 INCHES.

STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...WITH
HIGHER LEVELS IN BAYS...ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DANGEROUS
BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER CROSSES THE COAST. LARGE SWELLS HAVE
BEEN IMPACTING THE SHORELINES ELSEWHERE ALONG THE TEXAS COAST AND
ARE CREATING ABOVE NORMAL TIDES AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS.
 
STORM TOTAL RAINFALL OF 5 TO 8 INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN ASSOCIATION
WITH CLAUDETTE.
 
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE UPPER AND MIDDLE TEXAS
COASTAL AREAS THROUGH TONIGHT.
 
REPEATING THE 10 AM CDT POSITION...28.5 N... 96.1 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 80 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 981 MB.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
INTERMEDIATE ADVISORIES WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT NOON CDT AND 2 PM CDT FOLLOWED
BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 4 PM CDT.
 
FORECASTER BEVEN
 
 
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