...Extremely dangerous hurricane Ivan intensifies further while moving west northwestward across the Caribbean sea...
A hurricane warning remains in effect for Aruba...Bonaire...and Curacao.
A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning remain in effect for the Guajira peninsula of Colombia...And for the entire northern coast of Venezuela.
A hurricane watch is in effect for the entire southwest peninsula of Haiti from the border of the Dominican Republic westward...Including Port au Prince. A hurricane watch also remains in effect for Jamaica.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic from Santo Domingo westward to Pedernales.
Interests in central and western Caribbean Sea should closely monitor the progress of dangerous hurricane Ivan.
At 8 pm ast...0000z...The eye of hurricane Ivan was located near latitude 13.4 north...Longitude 68.4 west or about 95 miles...150km...North-northeast of Curacao and 640 miles...1030 km.. East-southeast of Kingston Jamaica.
Ivan has wobbled a little to the west during the past few hours...But is moving generally toward the west-northwest near 17 mph...28km/hr. On this track...The center of Ivan should move north of Aruba...Bonaire...And Curacao during the next few hours and then will continue on route toward the area near Jamaica.
Ivan is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the saffir-simpson hurricane scale. Reports from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to 145 mph...235 km/hr...With higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles...110 km... From the center...And tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles...260 km. Bonaire reported a wind gust of 41 mph a few hours ago.
The minimum central pressure just reported by the hurricane hunter was 938 mb...27.70 inches.
Storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels. Along with large and dangerous battering waves...Can be expected near the center of Ivan in the hurricane warning area.
Rainfall amounts of 5 to 7 inches...Possibly causing life-threatening flash floods and mud slides...Can be expected along the path of Ivan.
Repeating the 8 pm ast position...13.4 n... 68.4 w. Movement toward...West-northwest near 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds...145 mph. Minimum central pressure... 938 mb.
For storm information specific to your area...Please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 11 pm ast.
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