24 October 2011

Rina becomes season's 6th hurricane

In what was a somewhat expected rapid intensification (based on satellite presentation), Rina was upgraded to a 65kt hurricane at 18Z today.  The central pressure is 991mb, and it's still crawling north at 4kts.  And again, given its appearance and environment, it's quite likely that additional intensification will occur, perhaps reaching Category 3 status by tomorrow.  In the visible satellite image below, you can already see an eye forming:

Full zoop (zoomed out):

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