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Hurricane Dean: 160 mph - Category Five

Update 10:55PM EDT Monday: The 11PM EDT update holds winds at 160mph and lowers the minimum central pressure to 914mb. There is very little chance of significant weakening before Dean makes landfall.

The NHC just issued an update bumping Hurricane Dean to Category Five with winds of 160mph.

We've been waiting for this for a while:

DATA FROM THE AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING HURRICANE DEAN INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO 160 MPH...

In addition, the central pressure has dropped to 914mb according to the latest aircraft reconnaissance.

Everything that I can see indicates that Dean will remain Category Five or a high Category Four before landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula which will devastate the landfall area. NHC anticipates that Dean will remain a hurricane even after passing over the Yucatan and will re-strengthen into a major (Category Three or above) hurricane before making final landfall on Old Mexico.


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Hurricane Dean - Water Vapor

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