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Tropical Depression GEORGES Advisory Number 58
 
Issued 17:00Z Sep 29, 1998
 
Advisory Selection
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STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 58 FOR T.D. "GEORGES"
NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER...NWS...CAMP SPRINGS MD
1200 PM CDT TUE SEP 29 1998

AT 1000 AM CDT THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH "GEORGES"
WAS LOCATED NEAR 31.1N 87.9W...OR ROUGHLY 35 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF
MOBILE ALABAMA.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS WERE JUST OVER 30 MPH
WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OVER 40 MPH...AND GRADUAL WEAKENING IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS IT SLOWLY MOVES
OFF TOWARD THE NORTHEAST ACROSS SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA.

AT THE PRESENT TIME RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY IS STILL SHOWING A
WELL-DEFINED CIRCULATION WITH "GEORGES".  LARGE AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE
FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO ARE STREAMING NORTHWARD AROUND THE
EASTERN SIDE OF THE SYSTEM.  THIS MOISTURE HAS LED TO AN EXTENSIVE
AREA OF HEAVY RAIN WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS AS FAR NORTH AS
NORTHERN GEORGIA WHERE THIS MOISTURE IS INTERACTING WITH A COLD
FRONT THAT IS MOVING THROUGH THE EASTERN STATES.  MEANWHILE...DRY
AIR BEING WRAPPED INTO THE CIRCULATION ON THE WESTERN SIDE HAS
BROUGHT THE HEAVY RAIN TO AN END OVER SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
MISSISSIPPI WHERE CURRENTLY THERE ARE SOME LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS
SHOWING ON RADAR.

THE BIG STORY NOW WITH "GEORGES" WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE EXTREMELY
HEAVY RAINFALL ALONG WITH THE THREAT OF TORNADOES ALONG ITS
EASTERN EDGE.  BANDS OF VERY HEAVY RAIN ARE CONTINUING TO MOVE
RAPIDLY ACROSS THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE INTO SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN ALABAMA.  THIS RAIN WILL BE ADDING TO SOME ALREADY VERY
HIGH RAINFALL TOTALS THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE STORM MADE
LANDFALL OVER SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

SOME REPORTED RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE PERIOD SATURDAY THROUGH
MONDAY INCLUDE:

...ALABAMA...

BAY MINETTE (BALDWIN CO)           14.55 INCHES
ALABAMA PORT (MOBILE CO)           13.66 INCHES
MOBILE AIRPORT                     12.20 INCHES
DOWNTOWN MOBILE                    10.99 INCHES
AXIS (MOBILE CO)                        10.00 INCHES
CHATOM (WASHINGTON CO)              9.80 INCHES
SEMINOLE                            9.43 INCHES

...FLORIDA...

MUNSON (SANTA ROSA CO)             25.06 INCHES
PENSACOLA AIRPORT (ESCAMBIA CO)    10.08 INCHES
NICEVILLE (OKALOOSA CO)            10.08 INCHES

...MISSISSIPPI...

LEAKESVILLE (GREENE CO)             8.29 INCHES

SATELLITE AND RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT SOME LOCATIONS IN
SOUTHEASTERN MISSISSIPPI...SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA...AND THE WESTERN
FLORIDA PANHANDLE HAVE RECEIVED OVER 30 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE EARLY
SUNDAY MORNING WHEN RAINBANDS BEGAN COMING ASHORE.

AS A RESULT OF THE VERY HEAVY RAIN THERE ARE CURRENTLY FLASH FLOOD
WATCHES IN EFFECT TODAY AND TONIGHT FOR LARGE PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN
AND CENTRAL ALABAMA...THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...AND WEST
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA.

IN ADDITION...SINCE DECAYING TROPICAL SYSTEMS FREQUENTLY PRODUCE
TORNADOES AFTER MAKING LANDFALL...A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 700 PM CDT FOR THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE...SOUTHWESTERN AND WEST
CENTRAL GEORGIA...SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL
WATERS.

THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY HPC AT 600 PM CDT.

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