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Felix strengthening in the Eastern Caribbean
Bulletin Tropical Storm Felix intermediate advisory number 3a
National Hurricane Center Miami Fl
800 am ast Sat Sep 01 2007

At 8 am ast...1200 utc...the Tropical Storm warning for st. Vincent and the Grenadines has been discontinued.

A Tropical Storm warning remains in effect for the Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and for Grenada and its dependencies. A Tropical Storm warning means that Tropical Storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
A Tropical Storm watch remains in effect for the northern coast of Venezuela from Cumana to Pedernales including the Island of Margarita. A Tropical Storm watch means that Tropical Storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

Interests elsewhere in the eastern and central Caribbean Sea should closely monitor the progress of this system.
At 800 am ast...1200z...the center of Tropical Storm Felix was located near latitude 12.4 north longitude 62.8 west or about 75 miles-120 km west-northwest of Grenada.

Felix is moving toward the west near 18 mph-30 km/hr and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours. On this track Felix will move farther away from the southern Windward Islands later this morning and will be passing near or to the north of the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao late
tonight or early sunday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased and are now near 45 mph-75
km/hr with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. An air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate Felix later this morning.
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles-75 km to the north from the center. A wind gust of 46 mph was recently reported in Barbados and a wind gust of 44 mph was observed in St. Vincent.

The estimated minimum central pressure from surface observations is 1004 mb-29.65 inches.
Felix is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches across the Windward Islands with storm total amounts of 7 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible over coastal Venezuela and the Netherlands Antilles Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

The next advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 1100 am ast.
Source: National Hurricane Center, forecaster blake/avila

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