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Hurricane Ivan Advisory 15/09/2004 5 pm

Hurricane Ivan Advisory
National Hurricane Center Miami Fl
4 PM CDT WED SEP 15 2004

Updated regularly: Satellite image of Hurricane Ivan
Hurricane Ivan

5-Day Tracking Map

Satellite imagery animation

Graphic by Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center

....Category four hurricane Ivan bearing down on northern gulf coast...

A hurricane warning is in effect from grand isle Louisiana to Apalachicola Florida, including the greater New Orleans area and Lake Pontchartrain. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area - generally within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion throughout the entire warning area.

A hurricane watch remains in effect from Morgan city Louisiana to west of grand isle.

At 4 pm CDT...2100z...The tropical storm warning is discontinued west of Morgan city Louisiana. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Morgan city to west of grand isle, and from east of Apalachicola to Yankeetown Florida.

At 4 pm CDT...2100z...The center of hurricane Ivan was located near latitude 28.4 north... Longitude 88.3 west or about 125 miles south of the Alabama coastline.

Ivan is moving toward the north near 14 mph...and this motion is expected to continue until landfall. On the forecast track, the center of Ivan is expected to reach the coastline very late tonight or early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 135 mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible prior to landfall, but Ivan is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane...category three or higher. Occupants of high-rise buildings within the hurricane warning area can expect higher winds than those experienced at the surface...about one Saffir-Simpson category higher at the top of a 30-story building. After landfall, hurricane force winds could to spread inland up to about 150 miles near the path of the center.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center...And tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles. Sustained winds at the dauphin island c-man station were recently clocked at 45 mph...With gusts to 59 mph. A buoy about 75 miles south of dauphin island reported 50 ft seas.

The latest minimum central pressure measured by an air force reserve unit reconnaissance aircraft was 933 mb...27.55 inches.

Coastal storm surge flooding of 10 to 16 feet 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. Lesser...But still significant surge values will be experienced where onshore flow occurs west of the center.

Dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents are likely elsewhere along the Florida gulf coast.

Rainfall accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, with isolated higher amounts, can be expected in association with Ivan.

Tornadoes are possible over the next 24 hours in southern Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and southwestern Georgia.

Repeating the 4 pm CDT position...28.4 n... 88.3 w. movement toward north near 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds...135 mph. Minimum central pressure... 933 mb.

For storm information specific to your area...Please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

Intermediate advisories will be issued by the national hurricane center at 6 pm CDT and 8 pm CDT followed by the next complete advisory at 10 pm CDT.

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