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Hurricane OPHELIA


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HURRICANE OPHELIA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  19A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
2 AM EDT SUN SEP 11 2005
 
...CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE OPHELIA HARDLY MOVING...
 
A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE
UNITED STATES FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER SOUTH CAROLINA NORTHEASTWARD
TO CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA. THE HURRICANE WATCH MAY HAVE TO BE
SHIFTED NORTHWARD LATER TODAY.  A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT
HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY
WITHIN 36 HOURS.
 
INTERESTS ELSEWHERE ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES COAST
SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF OPHELIA.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 2 AM EDT...0600Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE OPHELIA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH... LONGITUDE 75.9 WEST... OR ABOUT 255
MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA AND ABOUT 250
MILES SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA.
 
OPHELIA IS DRIFTING SLOWLY TOWARD THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AND LITTLE
MOTION IS EXPECTED TODAY.
 
DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE
THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 80 MPH... WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  OPHELIA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE.  SLOW STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. 
NOAA BUOY 41002 LOCATED ABOUT 50 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER
RECENTLY REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 40 MPH.
 
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES... 45 KM...
FROM THE CENTER... AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 150 MILES... 240 KM.
 
THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS 979 MB... 28.91 INCHES.
 
REPEATING THE 2 AM EDT POSITION...31.6 N... 75.9 W.  MOVEMENT
...DRIFTING TOWARD THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...
80 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 979 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
5 AM EDT.
 
FORECASTER KNABB
 
 
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