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#48391 (Received by flhurricane at: 8:03 PM 24.Sep.2005)
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TROPICAL STORM RITA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 29A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
7 PM CDT SAT SEP 24 2005

...RITA PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS AS IT GRADUALLY WEAKENS...

AT 7 PM CDT...0000Z...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM HIGH ISLAND
TEXAS TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA IS DISCONTINUED.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 7 PM CDT...0000Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM RITA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 32.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.0 WEST OR VERY NEAR
SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA.

RITA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 11 MPH. A GRADUAL TURN TO THE
NORTHEAST AND EAST WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED AND ARE NOW NEAR 40 MPH...
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RITA IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL
DEPRESSION LATER TONIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO ABOUT 60 MILES FROM
THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 983 MB...29.03 INCHES.

THE COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING SHOULD CONTINUE TO SLOWLY SUBSIDE
TONIGHT. HOWEVER... TIDES ALONG THE SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND
MISSISSIPPI COASTS IN AREAS AFFECTED BY KATRINA COULD BE 4 TO 6
FEET ABOVE NORMAL AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES... AND
RESIDENTS THERE ARE EXPERIENCING COASTAL FLOODING. LARGE SWELLS
GENERATED BY RITA WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO AFFECT MOST PORTIONS OF
THE GULF COAST.

RITA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES ALONG THE PATH OF THE STORM FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS NORTHWARD
INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. ISOLATED
MAXIMUM STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 15 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY TO THE EAST
OF THE TRACK OF RITA... OVER LOUISIANA... MISSISSIPPI... AND
ARKANSAS.

REPEATING THE 7 PM CDT POSITION...32.5 N... 94.0 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 11 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 40 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 983 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
10 PM CDT.

FORECASTER KNABB