HARG Bulletin #1 - 08/18/07|
From the Hardee Amateur Radio Group, Wauchula, FL
To All HARG Members and Associates:
HURRICANE DEAN UPDATE AND HARDEE COUNTY ARES STATUS
The National Hurricane Center just issued Advisory 21. Hurricane Dean has continued strengthening over the last two days as was expected and now has sustained winds of 150 MPH. Dean has also grown in size as well, now with Hurricane force winds out to 60 miles from the center and Tropical Storm force winds out to 240 miles from the center. However Dean is traveling more or less due west due to the ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic that extends across the Bahamas and Florida. Listed below is the five day forecast track and cone from NHC:
What will determine its final path is how the low pressure now being forced in the Gulf of Mexico by the ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic, will influence the storm. The ridge of high pressure is what has kept Hurricane Dean away from the Bahamas and Florida as well.
At this point in time, no activation of any kind is warranted. Just continue to monitor your local news sources or the NHC website. Also just check your supplies and radio equipment if you have not already done so. The address of the National Hurricane Center for the latest is http://www.nhc.noaa.gov. You can see right there on the main page the official advisory. Also look at the Warnings and 5 Day Cone link to see the latest graphical project of the course of Dean and to read what the meteorologist are thinking when they finalized the advisory click on the Discussion link at the top of the advisory area.
Darrell Davis KT4WX
President - Hardee Amateur Radio Group
Emergency Coordinator - Hardee County ARES