HURRICANE IRENE TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 630 PM AST SUN AUG 14 2005
REPORTS FROM A AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT IRENE HAS STRENGTHENED AND IS NOW A HURRICANE. AT 2144 UTC... THE AIRCRAFT MEASURED A WIND OF 81 KT AT 850 MB...WHICH CORRESPONDS TO A SURFACE ESTIMATE OF 65 KT...OR 75 MPH. ON THIS BASIS...IRENE IS UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE.
BECAUSE THIS STRENGTHENING WAS ANTICIPATED...NO SPECIAL ADVISORY IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.
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