Tropical Storm Chris Nears Nevis

Tropical Storm Public Advisory

Statement as of 11:00 am AST on August 01, 2006
Chris approaching the northernmost Leeward Islands…has not
strengthened…
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the islands of
Antigua…Barbuda…Anguilla…St. Kitts…Nevis…Saba…St.
Eustatius…St. Barthelemy…St. Martin…and St. Maarten.  A
Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected within the warning area within the next 12 to 24 hours.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands…and for the British Virgin Islands.  A tropical
storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible
within the watch area…generally within 36 hours.
 
For storm information specific to your area…including possible
inland watches and warnings…please monitor products issued
by your local weather office.
 
At 1100 am AST…1500z…the center of Tropical Storm Chris was
located near latitude 17.3 north…longitude 60.3 west or about 100
miles…160 km…east of Antigua.
 
Chris is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph…17 km/hr…
and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24
hours.  On the forecast track…Chris is expected to move near or
over the northernmost Leeward Islands later today or tonight.
 
Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph…65 km/hr…with higher
gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to
investigate the tropical storm this afternoon to provide a more
accurate estimate of the strength and location of Chris.
 
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles…55 km
from the center.
 
Estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb…29.80 inches.
 
Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches…with isolated higher amounts to
near 8 inches…are possible over the northern Leeward Islands in
association with Chris.
 
Repeating the 1100 am AST position…17.3 N…60.3 W.  Movement
toward…west-northwest near 10 mph.  Maximum sustained winds…40
mph.  Minimum central pressure…1009 mb.
 
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane
Center at 200 PM AST followed by the next complete advisory at 500
PM AST.

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