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30 Oct 1998 description

Washington October 30, 1998 -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Mitch continues to weaken today. NHC has downgraded Mitch to tropical storm status. Early this morning, Mitch was still over land. NHC forecasters located the storm about 50 miles east-southeast of La Ceiba, Honduras, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

27 Oct 1998 description

Washington, October 27, 1998 -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Hurricane Mitch, an extremely powerful Category V storm, continues to move westward in the western Caribbean Sea. Mitch has maximum sustained winds of 180 mph and, though the pressure has risen slightly since last evening, This hurricane is the fourth strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic tropical basin and the strongest ever in the month of October.

At 8 a.m.

26 Oct 1998 description

Washington, October 26, 1998 -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Mitch is now the strongest hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season. More powerful than Hurricane Georges, which reached maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, Mitch is a strong Category IV hurricane with maximum sustained winds of about 155 mph with higher gusts.

Mitch is located over the northwest Caribbean Sea about 125 miles east-southeast of Swan Island.