[Outdated Post] Tropical Storm Earl Forms – Strengthening Likely before Landfall in Belize Wednesday Night
Update 9:00am EDT Wednesday:
Tropical Storm Earl has strengthened overnight as expected. The recon aircraft early this morning found a pressure of 989 mb and winds of up to 70 mph. Earl is nearing hurricane strength, but intensification remains gradual for now, as a coherent eye structure has not yet become established. If the storm’s inner core becomes robust later today, a period of more rapid intensification may occur, and Earl has the potential to be stronger than forecast at landfall. Right now the National Hurricane Center forecasts Earl to have 80 mph winds at landfall around 2am tomorrow morning. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the entire Belize coastline and the bay islands of Honduras, including Roatan.