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Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) Moving North at 12 Knots

15.2N 67.2W

October 14th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Rafael (17L)

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Track of Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) - October 12th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 17L

As of 11 a.m. AST (1500 UTC) October 13, Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) is located within 30 nautical miles of 18.4°N 63.6°W, about 40 mi (60 mi) west-northwest of St. Martin, and about 95 mi (150 km) east-northeast of Saint Croix.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1004 mbar (hPa; 29.65 InHg), and the system is moving north at 12 kt (14 mph, 22 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center of Rafael.

Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) South-southeast of Saint Croix

16.2N 67.9W

October 13th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Rafael (17L)

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Track of Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) - October 12th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 17L

As of 11 a.m. AST (1500 UTC) October 13, Tropical Storm Rafael is located within 30 nautical miles of 15.9°N 64.1°W, about 135 mi (215 km) south-southeast of Saint Croix. Maximum sustained winds are 35 knots (40 mph, 65 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1006 mbar (hPa; 29.71 InHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 8 kt (9 mph, 15 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center of Rafael.

Terrain of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands

18.4N 64.6W

January 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Virgin Islands, the eastern island group of the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands.

Here, Puerto Rico is partially visible at the left edge. The island southeast of Puerto Rico is Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The island near the bottom edge is Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining islands above are divided among the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Saint Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, also has a flatter terrain.

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