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Hurricane RITA


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HURRICANE RITA SPECIAL DISCUSSION NUMBER  12
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
2 PM EDT TUE SEP 20 2005

DATA FROM NOAA AND AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE PLANES INDICATE THAT
RITA HAS REACHED 100 MPH WINDS. RITA IS NOW A CATEGORY TWO ON THE
SAFFIR/SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE. THIS SPECIAL ADVISORY IS TO REFLECT
A CHANGE IN BOTH INITIAL AND FORECAST INTENSITY. THERE IS NO CHANGE
IN THE FORECAST TRACK.
 
FORECASTER AVILA
 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INITIAL      20/1800Z 23.9N  81.7W    85 KT
 12HR VT     21/0000Z 24.0N  83.1W    95 KT
 24HR VT     21/1200Z 24.3N  85.8W   105 KT
 36HR VT     22/0000Z 24.5N  88.3W   105 KT
 48HR VT     22/1200Z 24.5N  90.5W   105 KT
 72HR VT     23/1200Z 26.0N  94.0W   105 KT
 96HR VT     24/1200Z 29.5N  96.4W    65 KT...INLAND
120HR VT     25/1200Z 33.5N  97.5W    30 KT...INLAND
 
 
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