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#48141 (Received by flhurricane at: 10:52 PM 23.Sep.2005)
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HURRICANE RITA FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 26
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL182005
0300Z SAT SEP 24 2005

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SARGENT TEXAS TO MORGAN
CITY LOUISIANA. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24
HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD HAVE
ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN
COAST OF LOUISIANA EAST OF MORGAN CITY TO THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL
RIVER... INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE
PONTCHARTRAIN... AND FROM SOUTH OF SARGENT TEXAS TO PORT ARANSAS
TEXAS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 29.1N 93.2W AT 24/0300Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 15 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 325 DEGREES AT 10 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 931 MB
EYE DIAMETER 30 NM
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 105 KT WITH GUSTS TO 130 KT.
64 KT....... 75NE 60SE 40SW 60NW.
50 KT.......120NE 100SE 80SW 90NW.
34 KT.......180NE 150SE 120SW 120NW.
12 FT SEAS..375NE 300SE 275SW 100NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 29.1N 93.2W AT 24/0300Z
AT 24/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 28.6N 92.9W

FORECAST VALID 24/1200Z 30.1N 94.0W...INLAND
MAX WIND 85 KT...GUSTS 105 KT.
64 KT... 25NE 25SE 0SW 25NW.
50 KT... 60NE 60SE 30SW 60NW.
34 KT...100NE 120SE 90SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 25/0000Z 31.4N 94.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 50 KT...GUSTS 60 KT.
50 KT... 25NE 25SE 0SW 0NW.
34 KT... 75NE 75SE 30SW 60NW.

FORECAST VALID 25/1200Z 32.8N 94.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT.

FORECAST VALID 26/0000Z 33.5N 94.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

FORECAST VALID 27/0000Z 33.5N 94.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 250 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 325 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 28/0000Z 33.5N 94.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 29/0000Z 33.5N 94.5W...DISSIPATING
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 29.1N 93.2W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 24/0900Z

FORECASTER KNABB