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NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER - Public advisory at 11 a.m.

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2007 | 12:17 PM

Hurricane dean advisory number 26

Nws tpc/ miami fl 42007

1100 am edt sun aug 19 2007



...Outer bands of Dean moving over Jamaica...



At 11 am edt...1500 utc...the government of mexico has issued a

Hurricane watch from chetumal to san felipe on the yucatan

Peninsula. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are

Possible within the watch area...generally within 36 hours.



At 11 am edt...the government of cuba has issued a tropical storm

Watch for the provinces of pinar del rio and la habana. A tropical

Storm watch is now in effect for the following provinces...pinar

Del rio...la habana... Ciego de avila...sancti spiritus...

Cienfuegos... Matanzas...and isla de la juventud.



A hurricane warning remains in effect for the southwestern peninsula

Of haiti from west of the haiti-dominican border to port-au-prince.

A hurricane warning is also in effect for jamaica and the cayman

Islands. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed

To completion.



A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of haiti north

Of port-au-prince to the northern haiti-dominican republic border.

A tropical storm warning is also in effect for portions of eastern

Cuba...from the province of camaguey eastward to the province of

Guantanamo.



Interests elsewhere in the western caribbean and southern gulf of

Mexico should closely monitor the progress of dean.



For storm information specific to your area...please monitor

Products issued by your local weather office.



At 1100 am edt...1500z...the center of hurricane dean was located

Near latitude 17.0 north...longitude 75.1 west or about 130 miles...

210 km...east-southeast of kingston jamaica and about 215 miles...

345 km...west-southwest of port au prince haiti.



Dean is moving west near 18 mph...30 km/hr. A motion between west

And west-northwest is expected over the next 24 hours. On the

Forecast track...the center of dean will be very near the island of

Jamaica by early this afternoon.



Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph...230 km/hr...with higher

Gusts. Dean is a category four hurricane on the saffir-simpson

Scale. Fluctuations in intensity are common in major hurricanes and

Are possible during the next 24 hours.



Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles...95 km...from

The center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205

Miles...335 km.



The latest minimum central pressure reported by an air force reserve

Unit reconnaissance aircraft was 926 mb...27.34 inches.



Coastal storm surge flooding of 7 to 9 feet above normal tide

Levels...along with large and dangerous battering waves...is

Possible near the center of dean within the hurricane warning area.



Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches can be expected over

Jamaica...with maximum amounts of up to 20 inches. Amounts of 4 to

8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are expected over the

Cayman islands. Additional amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible

Over southern hispaniola with maximum storm totals of 10 inches.

Eastern cuba could receive 2 to 4 inches of rain...with maximum

Amounts up to 7 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening

Flash floods and mudslides.



Repeating the 1100 am edt position...17.0 n...75.1 w. Movement

Toward...west near 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds...145 mph.

Minimum central pressure...926 mb.



An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane

Center at 200 pm edt followed by the next complete advisory at 500

Pm edt.