Aug. 31, 2004 – The northern Virgin Islands can expect gusty winds and heavy thunderstorms from the outer reaches of Hurricane Frances over the next 24 hours, along with rough surf on northern coastlines, forecasters said in their 11 p.m. update Monday.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect at for St. Thomas, St. John, the British Virgin Islands, Culebra, Vieques and Puerto Rico with the Category 3 hurricane about 190 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. A tropical storm watch remained in effect for St. Croix.
Frances had strengthened slightly from Monday evening, with sustained winds of 125 mph and gusts to 145 mph. It was moving almost directly westward at 14 mph.
Centered near 19.7 degrees north latitude and 61.4 degrees west longitude at 11 p.m., it was moving almost directly westward at 14 mph.
The latest report from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reconnaissance aircraft indicated the pressure had decreased to 945 millibars.
For details on local preparations and advisories, see "Frances Expected to Come within 120 Miles of V.I."
The long-range forecast calls for the storm to hit Florida's southeastern coast on Saturday with winds around 140 mph. The southwestern and central part of the state took severe damage on Aug. 13 from Hurricane Charley, which left at least 20 persons dead.
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