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Hurricane IRENE


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HURRICANE IRENE ADVISORY NUMBER  49
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM AST TUE AUG 16 2005

...IRENE NOW A CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE...THREAT TO SHIPPING...

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 36.5 NORTH... LONGITUDE 61.6 WEST OR ABOUT 830
MILES...1335 KM... SOUTHWEST OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLAND.
 
IRENE IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR  9 MPH...15 KM/HR...AND A
GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS.
 
SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE
INCREASED TO NEAR 100 MPH...160 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  IRENE
IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WEAKENING DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  25 MILES... 35 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 115 MILES...185 KM.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  975 MB...28.79 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 5 PM AST POSITION...36.5 N... 61.6 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...EAST NEAR  9 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...100 MPH. 
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 975 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
11 PM AST.
 
FORECASTER PASCH
 
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