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Hurricane Omar (15E)

October 15th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar - Satellite Map

Hurricane Omar - Satellite Map

Tropical Depression 15 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Omar early on October 14th. It strengthened quickly during the afternoon to become Hurricane Omar later that evening. According to the U.S. Hurricane Center, as of 2:00A.M. AST, the hurricane was located about 495km (310mi) south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is moving northeast at 9km/h (6mph) with maximum sustained winds of 120km/h (75mph) and stronger gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30km (15mi) from Omar’s center, and tropical storm-force winds reach out up to 150km (90mi) from its center. It has a minimum central pressure of 984 millibars.

In the image we can see Hurricane Omar, to the right, as well as Tropical Depression 16, to the left.

Omar is currently a Category One hurricane, though it is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours. A hurricane warning has been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Vieques and Culebra, while a tropical storm warning has been issued for Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat.

The Netherlands Antilles and northern Venezuela could experience rainfall of 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8in), with up to 300 mm (12in) possible in isolated areas of the Netherlands Antilles. Puerto Rico and the northern Leeward Islands could receive 125 to 250mm (5 to 10in), with isolated amounts of up to 500mm (20in).

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