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Hurricane isabel-Latest Briefing on Hurricane Dorian for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina NWS Wilmington, NC Weather Forecast Office Summary of Hurricane Isabel Event



Latest Briefing on Hurricane Dorian for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina

NWS Wilmington, NC Weather Forecast Office

Summary of Hurricane Isabel

Event Description Isabel was identified as a Tropical Storm on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at 9 PM/1300 UTC at 14N 34W, west of the Cape Verde Islands. Moving west-northwest, Isabel developed into a Category 1 Hurricane on Sunday, and strengthened to rare Category 5 Hurricane status (sustained 1-minute wind greater than 155 mph) on Thursday, September 11, 2003. Although Isabel briefly weakened to Category 4 strength it was still a Category 5 storm on Sunday, September 14, 2003, centered 325 miles north of Puerto Rico. Over the next couple of days, Isabel made a slow northwest turn, weakening to Category 3 strength Monday afternoon and Category 2 strength on Tuesday. Isabel continued on a north-northwest course, making landfall on the North Carolina Outer Banks between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras on Thursday afternoon, September 18, 2003. Watches/Warnings At 11 AM on Tuesday, September 16, 2003, when the center of Isabel was 600 miles away, a Hurricane Watch was raised for the coast of North Carolina and a Tropical Storm Watch was raised for the South Carolina coast south to the mouth of the South Santee River. At 11 PM, a Hurricane Warning was raised from Cape Fear NC northward, a Tropical Storm Warning was raised from Cape Fear to Little River Inlet SC, with a Tropical Storm Watch remaining from Little River Inlet SC to South Santee River SC. elevated to a Tropical Storm Warning on Wednesday at 11 AM. Following eye landfall, the Hurricane Warning from Surf City NC to Cape Fear NC was lowered to a Tropical Storm Warning, and all warnings south were dropped. At 11 PM, all warnings were dropped along the North Carolina coast.

NHC’s 5-day Forecast compared to Isabel’s actual track (click to enlarge)

Actual Track of Isabel (click to enlarge)
Plot of Highest Winds

Highest Winds (Note: Official NWS or FAA sites are shaded in gray)

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SOURCE: http://www.weather.gov/ilm/2003-Sep-18hurricane


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