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Hurricane RITA


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TROPICAL STORM RITA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  28A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1 PM CDT SAT SEP 24 2005
 
...RITA MOVING NORTHWARD... EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINS
DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS...
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM HIGH ISLAND TEXAS
TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 1 PM CDT...1800Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM RITA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE  94.2 WEST...BETWEEN
SHREVEPORT AND LUFKIN TEXAS.
 
RITA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 12 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 65 MPH WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES. BEAUMONT
TEXAS REPORTED GUSTS TO 55 MPH DURING THE PAST HOUR AND FORT POLK
LOUISIANA REPORTED A GUST OF 58 MPH. NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT RECENTLY REPORTED A PEAK WIND OF 46 MPH.
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  975 MB...28.71 INCHES.
 
THE COASTAL STORM FLOODING SHOULD CONTINUE TO SLOWLY SUBSIDE TODAY.
HOWEVER...TIDES ALONG THE SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI
COASTS IN AREAS AFFECTED BY KATRINA COULD BE 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE
NORMAL AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES... AND RESIDENTS THERE ARE
EXPERIENCING COASTAL FLOODING.  LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY RITA WILL
LIKELY CONTINUE TO AFFECT MOST PORTIONS OF THE GULF COAST.
 
RITA'S SLOW MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE VERY HEAVY RAINS
OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...WITH RAINFALL TOTALS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES
POSSIBLE ACROSS EASTERN TEXAS...WESTERN LOUISIANA AND SOUTHERN
ARKANSAS.  MAXIMUM RAINFALL TOTALS IN EXCESS OF 25 INCHES MAY OCCUR
OVER LOCALIZED AREAS.  RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES WITH
ISOLATED HEAVIER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS.
 
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE TODAY AND TONIGHT OVER FAR EASTERN
TEXAS...LOUISIANA...SOUTHERN ARKANSAS...AND MISSISSIPPI.
 
REPEATING THE 1 PM CDT POSITION...31.6 N... 94.2 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 12 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...975 MB.
 
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
4 PM CDT.
 
FORECASTER AVILA
 
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