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HURRICANE FABIAN BYPASSING THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
(See the NOAA National Hurricane Center for the latest information on this 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.)

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Fabian taken on Sept. 2, 2003, at 1:45 p.m. EDT.Sept. 2, 2003 ó The NOAA National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., reports that at 5 p.m. EDT the center of Hurricane Fabian was located near latitude 20.7 north, longitude 61.1 west or about 210 miles north-northeast of Barbuda in the northern Leeward Islands. Fabian is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph. A turn to the northwest is expected during the next 24 hours. Fabian is currently making its closest approach to the Leeward Islands. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of Hurricane Fabian taken on Sept. 2, 2003, at 1:45 p.m. EDT. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Fabian taken on Sept. 2, 2003, at 4:15 p.m. EDT.Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Fluctuations in strength are common in major hurricanes, and these could occur during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of Hurricane Fabian taken on Sept. 2, 2003, at 4:15 p.m. EDT. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)


NOAA tracking map of Hurricane Fabian. The latest pressure estimated by an Air Force Reserve unit reconnaissance aircraft was 945 mb, 27.91 inches. (Click NOAA tracking map of Hurricane Fabian for larger view.)

Large swells and dangerous surf conditions will be affecting the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the next day or so.

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