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9/22 11am EDT: Ophelia hangs on, Hilary now a Hurricane

Sep 22, 2011

Tags:Dr. Grey,Dr. Klotzbach,Earthquake,East Pacific,El Nino,Hurricane Irene,Hurricane Outlook,Hurricane Prediction,Hurricane Season 2011,Hurricane Season 2012,HUrricane Season Update,La Nina,Meteorology,Polar Vortex,Tropical,Tropics,Weather,Winter

As of 11am EDT Ophelia is maintaining 65 mph max sustained winds but is encountering ample wind shear which has lead to a disorganized system. Some weakening is forecast as a result. Come Sunday the storm is now expected to miss the Caribbean to the northeast over the weekend. Interests should keep an eye on the storm however just in case any changes arise.

In the East Pacific things are heating up as Hilary has become a hurricane. This system has the potential for rapid intensification in the short term with a very favorable environment in place. Waters are some of the warmest in the basin and winds aloft are not hostile. Hilary is officially expected to become a major hurricane as it parallels the Mexican Coast. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect as the fringes of the storm bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to those areas. These conditions will remain possible over the next 24 hours or so.

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