Lili May Become a “Major Hurricane” Today

October 2, 2002

Miami’s National Hurricane Center issued a new update on Hurricane Lili, currently located northwest of Cuba, warning that “maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph, with higher gusts.”

“Lili is a strong category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Additional strengthening is forecast— and Lili could become a major hurricane today,” the bulletin continued. Hurricane force winds now extend outward up to 40 miles from the storm’s center, with lesser wind speeds out to 175 miles.

A “Hurricane Watch” is currently in effect along the Northern Gulf Coast from San Luis Pass, Texas to the mouth of the Mississippi at New Orleans. A wider “Tropical Storm Watch” is in effect over a larger area east of the Mississippi, but this could become a hurricane watch within the next 36 hours said the NHC.

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