Issued at: 10:23 AM AST 1/5/06 (gateway).
Zeta still hanging around and regains tropical status,
At 11 am ast, 1500z, the center of tropical storm zeta was located near latitude 22.4 north, longitude 47.6 west or about 1045 miles, 1680 km, east-northeast of the northern leeward islands.
Zeta is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph, 13 km/hr. A motion toward the west-northwest or northwest is expected for the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph, 65 km/hr, with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles 165 km, mainly northeast of the center. Recently, a ship located about 155 miles, 250 km, north of the center reported a sustained wind of 35 mph, 56 km/hr.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb, 29.68 inches.
Repeating the 11 am ast position, 22.4 n, 47.6 w. Movement toward, west-northwest near 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 40 mph. Minimum central pressure, 1005 mb.
The next advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 5 pm ast.