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Track and windspeed of Intense hurricane Omar (as of 16 Oct 2008)

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Intense hurricane Omar struck the Virgin Islands as a hurricane at about 01:00 GMT on 16 October. Data supplied by the US National Hurricane Center suggest that the point of landfall was near 16.9 N, 65.0 W. Omar brought 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 148 km/h (92 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Omar's strength (category 1) at landfall includes:

- Storm surge generally 1.2-1.5 metres (4-5 feet) above normal.

- No real damage to building structures.

- Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees.

- Some damage to poorly constructed signs.

- Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.

There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.

The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and University College London (UCL). TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.