BY ORFILIO PELAEZ | Granma daily staff writer | [url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url]
According to the forecast models the greatest probability of a direct impact are western and central Cuba
Rainfall associated with the hurricane’s periphery could occur today in the eastern provinces
IF the route predicted by the majority of Cuban and foreign forecast models is correct, Hurricane Ivan is more than likely to penetrate Cuban territory at some point of the west or center of the island on Sunday.
Its zone of entry depends on the movement of the area of high pressure in the Atlantic over the next 48 hours, and the position and displacement of the deep depression over the southeastern United States and the Gulf of Mexico, which could open up an exit route via which the hurricane would take a north northwesterly direction.
Dr. Jose Rubiera, head of the Institute of Meteorology’s Forecast Center, explained that due to the complexity of factors linked to Ivan’s future route, the population, state agencies and economic enterprises should pay close attention to special warnings issued by the Institute of Meteorology and Civil Defense instructions.
After reaching Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale at dawn yesterday, Ivan had maximum sustained gusts of 260 kilometers per hour and a minimum central pressure of 920 hectopascals.