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HURRICANE KEITH INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 9A
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
7 PM CDT SAT SEP 30 2000

...KEITH CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE EAST COAST OF YUCATAN
AND BELIZE FROM CABO CATOCHE SOUTHWARD TO MONKEY RIVER TOWN.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTH COAST OF YUCATAN
FROM WEST OF CABO CATOCHE TO PROGRESO.

ALL INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN AND SOUTHERN GULF OF
MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS DANGEROUS HURRICANE.

AT 7 PM CDT...0000Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE KEITH WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 18.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 87.0 WEST OR ABOUT 90 MILES...150
KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF CHETUMAL MEXICO.

KEITH HAS BEEN DRIFTING VERY SLOWLY WESTWARD DURING THE PAST SEVERAL
HOURS AND IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN A DRIFT TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST ON
SUNDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 105 MPH...169 KM/HR
... WITH HIGHER GUSTS. FURTHER STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT 24 HOURS.
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HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES...55 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 140 MILES...220 KM.

THE LAST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE
RECONNAISSANCE PLANE WAS 966 MB...28.53 INCHES.

BANDS OF HEAVY RAINS ARE AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
...BELIZE...HONDURAS...AND ALSO NORTHERN NICARAGUA. THESE RAINS
COULD PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES.

STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...ALONG
WITH LARGE BATTERING WAVES...ARE LIKELY OVER PORTIONS OF THE
HURRICANE WARNING AREA.

REPEATING THE 7 PM CDT POSITION...18.0 N... 87.0 W. MOVEMENT...A
SLOW WESTWARD DRIFT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...105 MPH. MINIMUM
CENTRAL PRESSURE... 966 MB.
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FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

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

FORECASTER LAWRENCE