***Felix Landfalls as a Category 5 Hurricane***
At 1:00pm CDT –
– The center of Category 2 Hurricane Felix was located 75 miles west of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Movement is towards the west at 14mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours, some decrease is forward speed is possible. Maximum sustained winds are near 100mph and rapid weakening is forecast as Felix interacts with the mountains of Central America. Minimum surface pressure is 962 mb.
– Hurricane force winds extend outward to 45 miles and tropical storm force winds to 115 miles.
– Felix is not a threat to the U.S.
– Felix should dissipate by late Wednesday and this is the last discussion on Felix.
Felix made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane earlier today in northern Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds were near 160mph at landfall with a surface pressure of 935mb. It got a lot stronger than I thought, but not a shocker with such a small system.
12z upper analysis shows that the ridge remains firm across the area into the Gulf. As such, Felix will continue heading inland and rapid weakening is expected due to the mountainous terrain of Central America. Felix should completely dissipate by late Wednesday.
For more information, weather news, weather blog, and chase summaries go to http://www.hook-echo.com.