Hurricane Felix Advisory Number 9
Issued at: 4:39 PM EDT 9/2/07 (gateway).
Felix continues to strengthen, now a category four hurricane,
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for jamaica and for grand cayman. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the central and western caribbean sea should closely monitor the progress of this system.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 500 pm edt, 2100z, the center of hurricane felix was located near latitude 13.6 north, longitude 72.0 west or about 440 miles, 710 km, southeast of kingston jamaica.
Felix is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph, 32 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
Reports from an air force hurricane hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph, 220 km/hr, with higher gusts. Felix is a category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles, 35 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km.
The minimum central pressure estimated from the aircraft data is 956 mb, 28.23 inches.
Felix is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches over the guajira peninsula of northern colombia.
Repeating the 500 pm edt position, 13.6 n, 72.0 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 140 mph. Minimum central pressure, 956 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 800 pm edt followed by the next complete advisory at 1100 pm edt.