Hurricane Ivan Advisory
National Hurricane Center Miami Fl
8 PM EDT SAT SEP 11 2004
Updated regularly: Satellite image of Hurricane Ivan
...Category five hurricane Ivan headed for the Cayman Islands and western Cuba...
A hurricane warning remains in effect for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for Cuba from Pinar del Rio to Ciego de Avila including the Isle of Youth. 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 remains in effect for the rest of Cuba. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area...Generally within 36 hours.
Interests in the northwestern Caribbean Sea...As well as in the eastern Gulf of Mexico...Should closely monitor the progress of this extremely dangerous hurricane.
At 8 pm EDT...0000z...The well-defined eye of hurricane Ivan was located near latitude 18.2 north...Longitude 79.7 west or about 130 miles... 205 km...Southeast of Grand Cayman.
Ivan has wobbled westward over the past few hours but is expected to resume a west-northwestward motion near 9 mph...15 km/hr during the next 24 hours. On this track...Ivan should be moving near or over the Cayman Islands on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 165 mph...270 km/hr...With higher gusts. Ivan is an extremely dangerous category five hurricane on the Saffir/simpson hurricane scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely 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 175 miles...280 km.
An air force reserve unit hurricane hunter aircraft measured a minimum central pressure of 912 mb...26.93 inches. This is the sixth lowest central pressure on record for a hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
Coastal storm surge flooding of 20 to 25 feet...Locally higher...Above normal tide levels...Along with large and dangerous battering waves...Can be expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall in Cuba.
Rainfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches...Possibly causing life-threatening flash floods and mud slides...Can be expected along the path of Ivan.
Repeating the 8 pm edt position...18.2 n... 79.7 w. Movement toward...West-northwest near 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds...165 mph. Minimum central pressure... 912 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 EDT.
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