LILI STRENGTHENS RAPIDLY TO DANGEROUS
CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE;
NOAA Warns Preparations to Protect Life and Property in the Hurricane
Warning Area Should Be Rushed to Completion
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storm. Complete advisories are posted at 11 a.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m. and
5 a.m. All times are Eastern. Advisories are posted more frequently as
the storm nears the USA mainland.)
2, 2002 — At 2 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Lili was located
near latitude 25.3 north, longitude 89.4 west or about 325 miles south
of New Orleans, La. Lili is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph, and
this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours, according
to the NOAA National Hurricane Center
in Miami, Fla. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of
Hurricane Lili taken at 10:15 a.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2002. Click
here to see latest view. Please credit “NOAA.”)
Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that
maximum sustained winds have increased to near 135 mph with higher gusts.
This makes Lili a dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Scale. Additional strengthening is possible Wednesday afternoon
and Wednesday night.
warning remains in effect from east of High Island, Texas, to the mouth
of the Mississippi River. Preparations to protect life and property in
the hurricane warning area should be rushed to completion.
storm warning remains in effect from Freeport, Texas, to High Island and
from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Alabama/Florida border,
including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.
force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical
storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles. Hurricane-force winds
are expected to spread inland up to 150 miles near the track of the center
The latest minimum central pressure reported by the hurricane hunter is
941 mb, 27.79 inches. A life-threatening storm surge of 10 to 15 feet
above normal tide levels is likely near and to the east of where the center
crosses the coast. This surge could spread well inland across the low-lying
areas of the hurricane warning area. Rainfall accumulations of 6 to 10
inches are possible along the track of Lili.
information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by NOAA
National Weather Service local forecast offices.
TIME A HURRICANE STRUCK THE U.S. MAINLAND
Padre Island, south Texas, Aug. 22, 1999. Sustained winds of 115
mph, Category 3.
Cape Fear, N.C., Sept. 16, 1999. Sustained winds of 105 mph, Category
Florida, October 15, 1999. Sustained winds of 75 mph, Category 1.
their lifetimes, Bret and Floyd were Category 4 storms but weakened
Last U.S. land falling Category 5 storm:
Andrew, Dade County, Florida, Aug. 24, 1992
U.S. land falling Category 4 storm: Hugo,
Charleston, S.C., September 22, 1989
U.S. land falling Category 3 storm: Bret,
Padre Island, south Texas, Aug. 22, 1999
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