Quote: Recon confirmed the 996mb reading too, and roughly 60MPH winds. It will likely be a rough night in Puerto Rico for those there. I think that's the first time recon has taken off from literally within the center of a tropical system. That will go down in their books for sure. It looks like the NHC's track at least the next two days is going to be spot on.
The system is looking very healthy on the PR radar.
Radar shows at least half of an eyewall has formed (on the east side of the LLC). If what I'm seeing in terms of motion on the radar continues, the entire island will be on the bad side of the storm. I'm frankly surprised that the recon was able to take off - did they go STRAIGHT UP to get above the storm? If not, they had to fly through some very nasty stuff indeed (not compared to a major hurricane, of course, but flying through the eye of a hurricane is one thing... flying up through the eyewall of a developing storm seems a bit more risky).
Eloise (1975) - Elena and several other near misses (1985) - Erin & Opal (1995) - Ivan (2004)
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