Statement as of 1:00 am EST on December 06, 2003
...Odette strengthening slightly as it moves northeastward...
...Heavy rain bands moving over Hispaniola and Puerto Rico...
a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic
from Isla Saona westward and for Haiti.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the southeastern
Bahamas...and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
At 1 am EST...0600z...the center of Tropical Storm Odette was
located near latitude 15.6 north...longitude 72.5 west or about
145 miles...235 km...south-southwest of the Isla beata on the south
coast of the Dominican Republic.
Odette is moving toward the northeast near 10 mph...17 km/hr...and
this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. This
motion could bring the center of Odette over Hispaniola on
Maximum sustained winds indicated by reconnaissance aircraft are now
near 60 mph... 95 km/hr...with higher gusts. Some additional
slight strengthening is possible before Odette nears Hispaniola.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 145 miles...230 km
from the center. These winds could reach the south coast of
Hispaniola by early afternoon.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb...29.38 inches.
Rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 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. Rainbands associated with
Odette are already spreading across portions of Hispaniola and
Repeating the 1 am EST position...15.7 N... 72.5 W. Movement
toward...northeast near 10 mph. Maximum sustained
winds... 60 mph. Minimum central pressure... 995 mb.
For storm information specific to your area...please monitor
products issued by your local weather office.
The next advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center
at 4 am EST.