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FORECAST WARNINGS - August 2005
BULLETINS: HURRICANE KATRINA ADVISORIES NATIONIAL WEATHER SERVICE / NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 10 PM CDT FRIDAY AUG 26 2005 (Press for Details) THE OFFICIAL FORECAST BRINGS THE CORE OF THE INTENSE HURRICANE OVER THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO IN 48 HOURS OR SO. 4 AM CDT SATURDAY AUG 27 2005 ...KATRINA BECOMES A MAJOR HURRICANE WITH 115 MPH WINDS... KATRINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 7 MPH... 11 KM/HR. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. 7 PM CDT SATURDAY AUG 27 2005 ...DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA BEGINS TO MOVE TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST... A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT ALONG THE NORTHERN GULF COAST FROM INTRACOASTAL CITY TO THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER. 7 AM CDT SUNDAY AUG 28 2005 (SEE MAPS AT TOP) ...KATRINA...NOW A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE...HEADED FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST... A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. AT 7 AM CDT...1200Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE KATRINA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 25.7 NORTH... LONGITUDE 87.7 WEST OR ABOUT 250 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. KATRINA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...AND A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTEDOVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 160 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. KATRINA IS A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES... COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 15 TO 20 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...LOCALLY AS HIGH AS 25 FEET ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE PATH OF KATRINA ACROSS THE GULF COAST AND THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES.
Katrina moved onshore at 6:10 AM CDT, Monday, August 29, 2005, over the Louisiana coastal town of Buras (pronounced BYU-ruhs), population 1,400.
The storm's hurricane-strength winds stretched 125 miles from its center. Tropical storm force winds were felt as far away as Texas and the Florida Panhandle.
Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, congratulated his forecasters for missing the exact track by less than 20 miles. The usual margin of error is 80 miles.
"If that's not a superb forecast, I don't know what is," Mayfield said.
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