Tropical Storm Ike update: almost a hurricane


Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 7:52 am
By: News 9


BULLETIN

TROPICAL STORM IKE ADVISORY NUMBER   9

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL092008

1100 AM AST WED SEP 03 2008

...IKE ALMOST A HURRICANE...

AT 1100 AM AST...1500Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IKE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 51.2 WEST OR ABOUT 740 MILES...1190 KM...EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS.

IKE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH...30 KM/HR...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY...

FOLLOWED BY A TURN TO THE WEST ON FRIDAY...TAKING IKE OVER THE OPEN WATERS OF THE WEST-CENTRAL ATLANTIC DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  IT IS TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE WHAT IF ANY LAND AREAS MIGHT BE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY IKE.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH...110 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO...AND IKE IS FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TODAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES...220 KM FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 991 MB...29.26 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 1100 AM AST POSITION...20.8 N...51.2 W.  MOVEMENT TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 500 PM AST.

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FORECASTER KNABB