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Tropical Depression GEORGES Advisory Number 61
 
Issued 17:00Z Sep 30, 1998
 
Advisory Selection
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STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 61 FOR T.D. "GEORGES"  UPDATED
NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER...NWS...CAMP SPRINGS MD
130 PM EDT WED SEP 30 1998   UPDATED FOR TORNADO WATCH

AT 11 AM EDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION GEORGES WAS LOCATED
APPROXIMATELY 40 MILES NORTHNORTHEAST OF PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA. 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS WERE AROUND 20 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS
IN SQUALLS TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.   THE CENTRAL PRESSURE HAS RISEN
STEADILY AND WAS 1004 MB AT 11 AM EDT.   THE STORM CONTINUES TO MOVE
SLOWLY EASTWARD AT APPROXIMATELY 3 MPH.   T.D. GEORGES IS EXPECTED
TO CONTINUE WEAKENING AS IT MOVES EASTWARD OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 36
HOURS BEFORE MOVING BACK OUT TO SEA OFF THE GEORGIA COAST SOMETIME
FRIDAY MORNING.  WHILE THE SURFACE CIRCULATION MAY NOT MOVE BACK
OUT TO SEA UNTIL FRIDAY... LATEST SATELLITE AND RADAR IMAGERY SHOWS
THE HEAVIEST RAINS GENERALLY TO THE EAST OF THE SYSTEM AND IT
APPEARS THAT MOST OF THE ASSOCIATED MOISTURE MAY MOVE OFF TO THE
EAST WELL AHEAD OF THE LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION.  THUS THE HEAVIEST
RAINS SHOULD PROBABLY END SOMETIME LATE TODAY.

THOUGH GEORGES HAS WEAKENED CONSIDERABLY... THE STORM STILL POSES A
THREAT DUE TO HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING AND TORNADOS ARE LIKELY TO
PERSIST AS TROPICAL MOISTURE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO IS DRAWN UP INTO
THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S.   SLOW MOVING BANDS OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS TO THE EAST OF THE SURFACE CIRCULATION COULD
CONTINUE TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 4 TO 6 THROUGHOUT THE
DAY.  DUE TO THE CONTINUED THREAT OF HEAVY RAINS... FLASH FLOOD
WATCHES WERE ISSUED TODAY FOR PORTIONS THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN
FAR SOUTHEAST GA....JEFF DAVIS...COFFEE...ATKINSON...CLINCH...ECHOLS...
APPLING... BACON... PIERCE...WARE... CHARLTON...WAYNE...BRANTLEY...
GLYNN...AND CAMDEN...  AND THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN CENTRAL AND
EAST PORTIONS OF NORTHERN FL: JEFFERSON... MADISON... HAMILTON...
SUWANNEE... COLUMBIA... BAKER... NASSAU... DUVAL... TAYLOR... LAFAYEYYE...
UNION... BRADFORD... CLAY... ST JOHNS... DIXIE...GILCHRIST...ALACHUA....AND
PUTNAM.   WITH STRONG SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH
EXPECTED ALONG THE FL COAST...A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IS ALSO IN
EFFECT FOR THE FLORIDA BIG BEND COAST FROM THE APALACHICOLA RIVER
TO THE SUWANNEE RIVER INCLUDING THE COASTAL COUNTIES OF
FRANKLIN...WAKULLA... JEFFERSON... TAYLOR AND DIXIE.
A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA,
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS UNTIL 8PM
WEDNESDAY EVENING.


WHILE NOT AS HEAVY AS EARLIER... HEAVY RAINS PERSISTED OVERNIGHT OVER
ALABAMA.... GEORGIA AND FLORIDA.  
SOME 24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE PERIOD ENDING 8 AM EDT TODAY:

..ALABAMA..
CAIRNS                6.02 INCHES
CLAYTON                    5.20 INCHES
TROY                       4.90 INCHES
UNION SPRINGS              4.55 INCHES
DOTHAN                4.76 INCHES
SELMA                 4.02 INCHES
AUBURN                3.33 INCHES

..GEORGIA..
COLUMBUS                   2.49 INCHES
VALDOSTA                   2.34 INCHES
ALMA                       2.03 INCHES

..FLORIDA...
MONTICELLO            7.15 INCHES
TALLAHASSEE           5.39 INCHES
MARIANA                    4.26 INCHES
PANAMA CITY           4.37 INCHES

EARLIER REPORTED 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 6 PM EDT WEDNESDAY
SEPT 30.

ROBSON/GARTNER/FORECAST OPERATIONS BRANCH