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Hurricane Omar moves Northeast

October 16th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008Hurricane Omar

Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008

Hurricane Omar strenghtened into a Category 3 storm the evening of October 15th. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, as of 3:00A.M. AST on October 16th it was located approximately 90km (55mi) northwest of St. Martin. It is moving northeast at 32km/h (20mph) and is expected to continue in that direction over the next few days.

Hurricane Omar - enhanced image

Hurricane Omar - enhanced image

In the main image, we can see the eastern tips of Cuba and Jamaica, as well as the Turks and Caicos islands, and parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic as Omar moves northeast. Those islands are partially obscured by clouds due to the great amounts of precipitation still affecting the entire area. Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anquilla, the Netherlands Antilles and the French West Indies, on the other hand, are completely obscured by the storm.

Omar’s maximum sustained winds are 205km/h (125mph), with higher gusts. It has hurricane-force winds extending outwards 55km (35mi) from its center, and tropical storm-force winds extending 185km (115mi) from the center.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anquilla, the Netherlands Antilles and the French West Indies. A hurricane watch has been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, and a tropical storm warning is in place for Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda.

Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands could receive 125-250mm (5-10in) of rain, with a maximum amount of 500mm (20in) in some areas. Storm surges could also reach 0.6-1.8m (2-6ft).

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