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Hurricane NORMAN


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Hurricane Norman Advisory Number   8
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       EP162018
200 AM PDT Thu Aug 30 2018

...NORMAN RAPIDLY INTENSIFIES TO A MAJOR HURRICANE...


SUMMARY OF 200 AM PDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...17.8N 117.4W
ABOUT 600 MI...965 KM SW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...964 MB...28.47 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 200 AM PDT (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Norman was located
near latitude 17.8 North, longitude 117.4 West.  Norman is moving
toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this motion is expected to
continue through tonight.  A west-southwestward motion is forecast
on Friday, followed by a turn back toward the west and
west-northwest over the weekend.

Satellite images indicate that Norman has been intensifying rapidly,
and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185
km/h) with higher gusts.  Norman is a category 3 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Additional strengthening is
forecast during the next 24 hours.  Gradual weakening is anticipated
to begin by Friday night or Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles
(110 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 964 mb (28.47 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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None


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 800 AM PDT.

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Forecaster Berg

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