Extremely good IR presentation. The eye has become very well defined on both IR and Visible in the last couple hours. Recon is in the storm now and released a dropsonde about a half hour ago; we should get a vortex recon soon.
Modis overpass should be posted in about 3 hours (it will be from 17:45Z) on the rapidfire gallery. Might get a really good high res visible of the storm from that.
I expect a major hurricane at the 2pm update.
Edit: Recon just passed through the eyewall and found 122kt Flight Level winds (10-second average from HDOB data). Downshifted to surface (90%) brings it in at 126mph surface winds, or a strong Category 3 storm. We will see if NHC upgrades it soon.
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