21 August 2015

Afternoon update on Major Hurricane Danny

An aircraft reconnaissance mission into Danny on Friday afternoon found winds that supported upgrading it to a Category 3 storm.  As such, at 2pm EDT, the National Hurricane Center issued a special bulletin... the maximum sustained winds were set to 115mph, with a 974mb central pressure.  A major hurricane is a Category 3+ storm.

Danny is the first major hurricane of the season... the climatological date of first major hurricane formation is September 4.
The last Atlantic major hurricane was Gonzalo in October 2014, and the last major hurricane to form this far south was Fred in September 2009.

Danny is still forecast to encounter hostile environmental conditions this weekend.  For the latest updates, forecasts, watches, and warnings, please check the National Hurricane Center website.

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