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Rafael Becomes a Hurricane

By: 4Warn Weather Team Email
By: 4Warn Weather Team Email

RAFAEL BECOMES A HURRICANE

REPORTS FROM AIR FORCE AND NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT RAFAEL HAS STRENGTHENED...AND ITS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NOW NEAR 75 MPH...120 KM/H. THIS MAKES RAFAEL THE NINTH HURRICANE OF THE 2012 ATLANTIC SEASON.

SUMMARY OF 645 PM AST...2245 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...24.3N 65.7W
ABOUT 560 MI...905 KM S OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...974 MB...28.76 INCHES


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