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Hurricane Otis heads for coast, possible New Mexico by Tuesday

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:50 pm
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By Sigurd De Keyser; Hurricane Otis heads for coast, possible New Mexico by mid Tuesday with some strengthening forecasted during the next 24 hours.
National Hurricane center predicts Hurricane Otis may hit Las Cruces, the location of the upcoming X PRIZE Cup, Tuesday at 10 AM.
Bad weather may cause serious problems for the event’s organizers.

It’s still 4 days before it may reach New Mexico, if lucky it may go south, instead of north, but in worst case scenario, it may hit Las Cruces with all its strength.

The National Hurricane Center reports; Maximum sustained winds are near 85mph (140Km/Hr) with higher gusts. Otis is a category one hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Some strenghtening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Otis could become a category 2 hurricane later tonight or on saturday.

After the storm passes, it may give organizers only 4 days time to repair the damage, while facing hours they will be unable to work, to prepare for the X PRIZE Cup. Many visitors may face difficulty when air traffic gets delayed or cancelled by Hurricane Otis.

By Sunday when the main event happens, there should be no problem or any danger of Hurricane Otis to the public.

A category two hurricane has winds at 96-110 mph (154-177 km/hr), Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings. Hurricane Bonnie of 1998 was a Category Two hurricane when it hit the North Carolina coast, while Hurricane Georges of 1998 was a Category Two Hurricane when it hit the Florida Keys and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

UPDATE:
Hurricane Otis moved more to the south, there should be no danger (except possible air traffic delays) for the X PRIZE Cup.
It may still create some bad weather, if it decides to move more to the east side again, but it’s more likely it will keep moving to south, possible ending up in the mohave dessert where Scaled, XCor and other space companies are located.
Even Los Angeles is still not out of the danger zone, if it would moves more to the south. (moved out of danger zone)
A more detailed path of the hurricane will be known only hours before it will make landfall.

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