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Scoop Images: Latest Image Of Hurricane Frances

The following image was taken at 15.30 UTC on September 1 (approx. 3.30am this morning NZT). It shows Hurricane Frances bearing down on the Bahamas. The latest hurricane advisory and commentary follows the images. At present the forecast path for the Category 4 hurricane remains tracking towards Daytona Beach.


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A closeup image of Frances' Eye
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FORECAST ADVISORY
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/012047.shtml?

000
WTNT31 KNHC 012047
TCPAT1
BULLETIN
HURRICANE FRANCES ADVISORY NUMBER 32
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM AST WED SEP 01 2004

...FRANCES LASHING THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS...HEADING FOR THE
SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST AND CENTRAL
BAHAMAS AND FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IS IN EFFECT THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. A
HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE NORTH COAST
OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.

A HURRICANE WATCH WILL LIKELY BE ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA
EAST COAST TONIGHT.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE FRANCES WAS LOCATED BY
SATELLITE AND A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE NEAR LATITUDE 22.0 NORTH...
LONGITUDE 71.0 WEST OR ABOUT 35 MILES...55 KM...NORTH OF GRAND
TURK ISLAND AND ABOUT 650 MILES...1050 KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE
FLORIDA EAST COAST.

FRANCES IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH...24 KM/HR.
A GRADUAL TURN TO THE NORTHWEST AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ARE
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON THIS TRACK...THE CORE OF THE
HURRICANE WILL BE MOVING NEAR OR OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS
TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.

FRANCES REMAINS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE SCALE WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF NEAR 140 MPH...220
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 80 MILES...130 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 185 MILES...295 KM. REPORTS FROM HAM RADIO OPERATORS INDICATE
THAT GRAND TURK ISLAND HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING 60 TO 75 MPH...96 TO
120 KM/HR...WINDS DURING THE PAST HOUR AND SOME DAMAGE TO TREES AND
ROOFS.

LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE JUST ESTIMATED BY A RECONNAISSANCE
PLANE WAS 938 MB...27.70 INCHES. THIS PRESSSURE WAS REPORTED AFTER
THE FORECAST/ADVISORY PRODUCT WAS SENT.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES...LOCALLY HIGHER...ARE POSSIBLE
IN ASSOCIATION WITH FRANCES.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 10 TO 15 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE
EXPECTED IN THE BAHAMAS NEAR THE EYE OF FRANCES.

REPEATING THE 5 PM AST POSITION...22.0 N... 71.0 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...140
MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 938 MB.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 8 PM AST FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 11 PM
AST.

FORECASTER AVILA


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