Arlene nearing hurricane strength - 8:00 pm EDT
Ok boys and girls, it looks like Hurricane Arlene will be making landfall tomorrow. The central pressure is dropping, winds are increasing, and the central convection is becoming better organized. The central convection is much more focused around the circulation center. Look for hurricane warnings in the near future.
The 8PM Advisory from NHC:
ARLENE IS NOW MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD NEAR 18 MPH...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON
THIS TRACK...THE CENTER OF ARLENE WILL BE APPROACHING THE NORTHERN
COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO ON SATURDAY. ARLENE IS A LARGE TROPICAL
STORM...AND MOST OF THE ASSOCIATED RAIN AND WINDS WILL ARRIVE MUCH
EARLIER THAN THE CENTER.
RECENT DATA FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE NOW INCREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH...WITH
HIGHER GUSTS...AND THESE WINDS ARE OCCURRING MAINLY TO THE NORTH
AND EAST OF THE CENTER. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT 24 HOURS...AND ARLENE COULD BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TONIGHT
OR ON SATURDAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES... MAINLY
TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER.
THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY A NOAA RECONNAISSANCE
AIRCRAFT WAS 992 MB...29.29 INCHES.