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Hurricane OPHELIA


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TROPICAL STORM OPHELIA ADVISORY NUMBER  16
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM EDT SAT SEP 10 2005
 
...OPHELIA WEAKENS SLIGHTLY TO A STRONG TROPICAL STORM BUT EXPECTED
TO REGAIN HURRICANE INTENSITY... WHILE REMAINING NEAR THE SOUTHEAST
U.S. COAST...

INTERESTS FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH THE CAROLINAS SHOULD CLOSELY
MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF OPHELIA DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 5 AM EDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM OPHELIA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.2 NORTH... LONGITUDE 76.8 WEST OR ABOUT
220 MILES... 350 KM... EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
AND ABOUT 285 MILES... 460 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF CAPE HATTERAS
NORTH CAROLINA.
 
OPHELIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 10 MPH...17 KM/HR.  A
DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TODAY.
 
DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM
SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED AND ARE NOW NEAR  70 MPH...110
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  HOWEVER...SOME STRENGTHENING IS
FORECAST AND OPHELIA COULD AGAIN BECOME A HURRICANE DURING THE NEXT
24 HOURS.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  90 MILES...150 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  984 MB...29.06 INCHES.
 
REPEATING THE 5 AM EDT POSITION...31.2 N... 76.8 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 10 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 70 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 984 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
11 AM EDT.
 
FORECASTER KNABB
 
 
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