TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING STATEMENT

WHCA31 TAPA
HURRICANE MARIA WARNING STATEMENT
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES
5:00 PM ECT WED, SEP 20, 2017

THIS IS FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

..HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE BVI HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED...

AT 5 PM ECT OR 2100Z THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE MARIA WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.8 NORTH, LONGITUDE 67.3 WEST OR ABOUT 25 MILES NNW OF PUERTO RICO.

MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH WEST AT 12 MILES PER HOUR. THIS GENERAL MOTION WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 110 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT DAY OF TWO AND MARIA COULD REGAIN MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS BY THURSDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND UP TO 60 MILES FROM THE CENTRE AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARDS UP TO 150 MILES.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 957 MB OR 28.26 INCHES.

BASED UPON THE LATEST OBSERVATION AND ANALYSIS, MARIA IS MOVING A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. FOR THIS REASON, THE HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN DROPPED FOR THESE ISLANDS.

REPEATING THE 5:00 PM ECT POSITION, 18.8 N, 67.3 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 110 MPH. THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 957MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE AT 11 ECT

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FORECASTER
BERNELL SIMON