Hurricane Emily reaches Category 2
Hurricane Emily has continued to show impressive strengthening today. Sustained winds have been increased to 100 mph, although not verified, and the central pressure was recently reported as 976 mb. Emily's quick forward speed is preventing significant upwelling and allowing her to feed of off the warm but thin oceanic surface layer. On her current track, Hurricane Emily is forecast to continue to strengthen. As new convective bursts fired, we save a couple relocations of the center of circulation. However, Hurricane Emily seems to be forming a central core with an eye at this time. The latest recon reported a closed eye wall and this is BARELY evident on the visible satellite imagery. The computer models have shifted slightly north, and I recommend that interests in Texas begin paying close attention to this storm.