Irene upgraded to a hurricane
While it is not much of a surprise, Irene has been upgraded to hurricane status. The warm Gulf Stream water have served to strengthen the storm. Recon recently reported a central pressure of 989 mb and sustained winds of 75 mph. Irene will remain over the warm water of the Gulf Stream for another 24 hours and further intensification is possible. Irene is the third hurricane of the 2005 season. There is normally only one hurricane by this point in the season and only one year, 1966, had more hurricanes by this point in the season.