At 4pm EDT today, Hurricane Charley slammed into Charlotte Harbor as a CAT4 storm. It missed the projected target of Tampa by about 65 miles, and was about 30kts stronger than expected. Ending at 21 today, the central pressure fell: - 39mb in 24 hours - 29mb in 12 hours - 24mb in 6 hours Just for reference, the world record holders for those brackets are 101mb/24h, 77mb/12h, and 43mb/6hr. Although not at the top of those lists, this was still one of the most rapidly intensifying hurricanes in Atlantic history, and it did so just miles before landfall. So far, damage reports are extensive, and have just begun to come in. The primary eyewall was very tiny and missed Fort Myers, but was close. Port Charlotte most likely sustained the heaviest damage. Charley is now heading across the peninsula toward Orlando then Daytona Beach, still as a strong hurricane. Tornadoes are possible all along the storm track; 5 reports have already come in from Florida. At 21Z, the hurricane was located inland at 26.9N 82.2W and tracking NNE at 19kts. Intensity was an incredible 120kts and 941mb. It is forecast to exit the FL peninsula at Daytona Beach, briefly pass over the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, then make a third landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC. Hurricane Warnings cover all of the western FL peninsula, the northeast FL peninula, GA, SC, and NC up to Cape Fear. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Cape Fear, NC to the Chesapeake Bay. It will be passing over PA/NJ in the early morning hours on Sunday, and up by Maine midday Monday. TD4 is still getting better organized, and is nearly a Tropical Storm. It's currently at 12.5N 24.0W and moving W at 13kts. It should become TS Danielle tonight or tomorrow morning. It will most likely recurve into the open Altantic long before reaching the Lesser Antilles. At 21Z today, the strong tropical wave I mentioned this morning was upgraded to TD5... now located at 8.9N 46.2W. The 1009mb Low is heading W at 17kts and is expected to continue on this track for the next several days, passing over the Lesser Antilles Sunday afternoon, and Jamaica on Wednesday as a strong CAT1 hurricane (basically following in Charley's footsteps). This could become TS Earl by tomorrow afternoon.
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