TROPICAL STORM ODETTE—THE 15TH NAMED STORM OF THE YEAR—FORMS IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA
Dec. 4, 2003 ó NOAA satellite data indicate that the tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea strengthened and is now Tropical Storm Odette, the 15th named storm of the year and the first storm to form in the Caribbean sea in December. At 4 p.m. EST, the center of tropical storm Odette was estimated near latitude 14.0 north, longitude 75.6 west or about 280 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, according to the NOAA National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of Tropical Depression Twenty taken at 8:45 a.m. EST on Dec. 4, 2003. Please credit “NOAA.”)
is moving toward the northeast near 10 mph. A general track between
the northeast and north is expected during the next 24 hours. This motion
would bring Odette over Haiti and the Windward Passage within the next
24 to 36 hours.
Rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with higher amounts in the mountains, can be expected near the path of Odette. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, particularly in the mountains of Haiti.
At 4 p.m. EST, the government of Jamaica issued a tropical storm warning for Jamaica. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Haiti. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Santo Domingo, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turk and Caicos islands. Tropical storm watches or warnings may be issued for eastern Cuba later Thursday.
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