Mexico is bracing for its second major hurricane landfall in three days. As you recall, the Yucatan Peninsula was hit on Sunday night by CAT4 Emily, and now, the northern coast of Mexico, just south of Texas, is about to get hit by Emily again. Of great civic concern and academic interest is the rapid intensification phase the hurricane is experience just hours prior to landfall. The central pressure fell 24mb in the past 12 hours, and 16mb in the past 6 hours. At 21Z, CAT2 Hurricane Emily was located at 24.3N 95.6W and moving WNW at 10kts... about 150 miles from the coast. This puts landfall in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Latest intensity is 85kts and 956mb, and definitely on a strengthening trend. It could possibly quickly reach CAT4 status again in the next 12 hours. Even Brownsville, TX will feel some strong effects from the storm, possibly hurricane-force winds and a respectable storm surge. Oddly, of the 5 named storms this season, all 5 have made landfall.
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