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ALEX MOVING AWAY FROM THE U.S. AFTER BATTERING THE OUTER BANKS

(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 Alex taken at 1:45 p.m. EDT on Aug. 3, 2004.Aug. 3, 2004 — At 5 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Alex was located near latitude 35.8 north, longitude 74.6 west or about 65 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Alex is moving toward the northeast near 17 mph, and this motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours, according to the NOAA National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of Hurricane Alex taken at 1:45 p.m. EDT on Aug. 3, 2004. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours.

NOAA tracking map of Hurricane Alex.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles. (Click NOAA image for larger view of Hurricane Alex tracking map.)

Estimated minimum central pressure is 972 mb, 28.70 inches.

Coastal storm surge flooding should be subsiding Tuesday evening. High surf and rip currents will affect much of the mid-Atlantic U.S. coastal areas for the next day or so.

At 5 p.m. EDT, all warnings are discontinued south of Cape Lookout, N.C.

A hurricane warning remains in effect from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, N.C., including the Pamlico Sound.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from north of Oregon Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle Sound. All warnings will likely be discontinued Tuesday evening.

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