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Tropical Storm MARIA


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TROPICAL STORM MARIA ADVISORY NUMBER   5
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 AM AST FRI SEP 02 2005

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FOURTEEN STRENGTHENS TO TROPICAL STORM
MARIA...NO THREAT TO LAND...

SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT TROPICAL DEPRESSION FOURTEEN HAS
STRENGTHENED AND IS NOW TROPICAL STORM MARIA...THE 13TH NAMED
CYCLONE OF THE 2005 HURRICANE SEASON. AT 11 AM AST...1500Z...THE
CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.3
NORTH...LONGITUDE  50.0 WEST OR ABOUT  880 MILES...1415 KM...
EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ABOUT 1185
MILES...1910 KM...SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
 
MARIA HAS BEEN MOVING WESTWARD FOR THE PAST FEW HOURS BUT IS
EXPECTED TO MOVE TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/HR...
LATER TODAY.  A GRADUAL TURN TO THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING
THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON THIS TRACK..MARIA WILL BE MOVING OVER OPEN
WATERS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  40 MPH... 65 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT
24 HOURS. 
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES ...110 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.
 
REPEATING THE 11 AM AST POSITION...21.3 N... 50.0 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR  9 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 40
MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
5 PM AST.
 
FORECASTER AVILA
 
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