Tropical Storm Alex Intermediate Advisory Number 5a
Statement as of 8:00 PM EDT on August 01, 2004
...Alex stationary...watches and warnings extended...
a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from South Santee River
South Carolina to Cape Hatteras North Carolina...including the
Pamlico Sound. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm
conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for north of Cape Hatteras
to Oregon Inlet North Carolina. A tropical storm watch also
remains in effect from Edisto Beach to South Santee River South
At 8 PM EDT...0000z...Air Force reserve reconnaissance reports
indicate the center of Tropical Storm Alex was located near
latitude 31.5 north... longitude 79.2 west or about 90 miles
south-southeast of Charleston South Carolina.
Alex remains stationary. However...a slow drift toward the north or
north-northeast is expected later tonight or on Monday. On the
forecast track...the center of Alex will be slowly approaching the
south and North Carolina coasts over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph...with higher gusts.
Conditions favor some slow strengthening over the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles...mainly
in squalls to the south and east of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb...29.80 inches.
Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches...with isolated higher
amounts...can be expected in association with Alex.
Repeating the 8 PM EDT position...31.5 N... 79.2 W. Movement
...Stationary. Maximum sustained
winds... 40 mph. Minimum central pressure...1009 mb.
For storm information specific to your area...please monitor
products issued by your local weather office.
The next advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center
at 11 PM EDT.
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