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Tropical Depression GEORGES Advisory Number 60
 
Issued 05:00Z Sep 30, 1998
 
Advisory Selection
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STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 60 FOR T.D. "GEORGES"
NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER...NWS...CAMP SPRINGS MD
1200 AM CDT WED SEP 30 1998

AT MIDNIGHT CDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION GEORGES WAS
LOCATED ABOUT 20 MILES EAST OF CRESTVIEW, FL IN THE FLORIDA
PANHANDLE.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS WERE AROUND 25 MPH WITH
HIGHER GUSTS IN SQUALLS TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER AS WELL AS OVER THE
COASTAL WATERS OF THE NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO.  THE CENTRAL
PRESSURE HAS RISEN STEADILY AND WAS 1000MB AT MIDNIGHT WHILE THE
STORM MOTION CONTINUES ON A BASICALLY EASTWARD DIRECTION AT A
LITTLE OVER 5 MPH.  GRADUAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AS T.D. GEORGE
CONTINUES EASTWARD OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.  T.D. GEORGE IS
EXPECTED TO EMERGE OFF THE GEORGIA COAST SOMETIME FRIDAY MORNING.  

AS WITH MOST DECAYING TROPICAL SYSTEMS, GEORGES STILL POSES A MAJOR
THREAT FOR HEAVY RAIN AS WELL AS TORNADOS.  AS A RESULT FLASH FLOOD
WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST ALABAMA..MUCH OF
NORTHERN FLORIDA INCLUDING THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE..MUCH OF GEORGIA
EXCEPT THE NORTHWEST..AND PORTIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.  BANDS OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MOVING VERY SLOWLY EASTWARD THROUGH
THESE AREAS COULD PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 6
INCHES IN PLACES OVERNIGHT.  A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR
PORTIONS OF NORTHERN FLORIDA..SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL GEORGIA..AND
ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS UNTIL 5 AM EDT.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN QUITE IMPRESSIVE WITH "GEORGES" WITH
MANY AREAS ACROSS SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI..SOUTHERN ALABAMA..AND THE
WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE RECEIVING BETWEEN 15-20 INCHES OF RAIN
FROM THE STORM.  RUNOFF FROM THESE IMPRESSIVE RAINS HAVE PROMPTED
FLOOD WARNINGS FOR MANY RIVERS FROM SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI EASTWARD
ACROSS SOUTHERN ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA.  NEXRAD INDICATED
STORM TOTALS OF NEARLY 30 INCHES MAY HAVE OCCURRED IN A
NORTH/SOUTH BAND FROM SRN AL INTO THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE. 
DUE TO THE EXTREME NATURE OF THIS STORM MOST OF THE OBSERVED
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE PRELIMINARY..WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE
RAINFALL TOTALS NOT LIKELY FOR SEVERAL DAYS.  

SOME PRELIMINARY STORM TOTALS THROUGH 7AM EDT TUE SEP 29TH INCLUDE:


..ALABAMA...

ROBERTSDALE              19.42  INCHES

BAY MINETTE              14.55 INCHES
ALABAMA PORT             13.66  INCHES
MOBILE (AIRPORT)         12.20 INCHES
MOBILE (DOWNTOWN)        10.99  INCHES
MONTGOMERY               8.68 INCHES

...FLORIDA...

MILTON                   25.06 INCHES 
MUNSON                   25.06 INCHES
SHALIMAR                 19.30 INCHES
PENSACOLA AREA      15.49 INCHES
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE          17.80 INCHES


THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY HPC AT 1 EDT WEDNESDAY
SEPT 30.

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