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ISABEL NOW CATEGORY 4, SHOULD GO NORTH OF V.I.

Sept. 9, 2003 – As expected Hurricane Isabel became a Category 4 hurricane overnight with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph.
In its west-northwest movement Isabel has reached 19.1 degrees north latitude.and 45.7 degrees west longitude, putting Isabel north of the Virgin Islands at about 1,050 miles east.
But a high pressure system to the north could push the storm back south or at least keep it on a westward track preventing Isabel from following Hurricane Fabian's path the to north, according to meteorologists on the Weather Channel and WVWI meteorologist Alan Archer.
Archer said he expected Isabel to pass 125 to 150 miles north of the Virgin Islands over the weekend. However, with the storm still five days out it is impossible to be certain about its track.
Churned up, cooler waters left behind by Fabian may also reduce Isabel's strength as she moves closer to the V.I.
The National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site's forecast shows winds reduced to 110 mph as the storm moves further west.
As of Tuesday's 5 a.m. report hurricane force winds extended out 35 miles from the storm's center. Tropical storm force winds extended 175 miles out.
This week and next mark the traditional high point of hurricane activity in the region.
St. Thomas sits at 18.3 degrees north latitude and 65 degrees west longitude. St. Croix is at 17.7 degrees north latitude and 64.8 degrees west longitude. St. John is located at 18.2 degrees north latitude and 64.5 degrees west longitude.

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