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Tropical Storm MARIA


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TROPICAL STORM MARIA ADVISORY NUMBER   8
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM AST SAT SEP 03 2005

...MARIA CONTINUING NORTHWESTWARD OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC...
 
AT 5 AM AST...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MARIA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 23.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE  52.4 WEST OR ABOUT  780
MILES...1255 KM...EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
AND ABOUT  975 MILES...1570 KM...SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
 
MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH...20 KM/HR.  A
GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT
24 HOURS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  50 MPH... 85 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS...
AND MARIA COULD BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH BY SUNDAY.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  70 MILES
...110 KM FROM THE CENTER.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES.
 
REPEATING THE 5 AM AST POSITION...23.4 N... 52.4 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 50 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 11 AM AST.
 
FORECASTER BEVEN
 
 
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