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By: NCHurricane2009 , 9:07 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
...AUGUST 18 2012...5:10 PM EDT...
This special update is written concerning Gordon...which has unexpectedly strengthened into a category 2 hurricane while en route to the southern Azores region. While Gordon was expected to possibly become a hurricane today...this much intensification was not anticipated. As a result...the southern Azores are much more likely to see a fully-tropical Gordon...and see more intense winds than previously thought. Gordon is still expected to reach the southern Azores by late Sunday (late tomorrow) through part of Monday. See www.nhc.noaa.gov for latest warnings and forecasts on Gordon.
In the next couple of hours...I will be releasing my next full discussion of the Atlantic tropics. Some theories on how Gordon was able to unexpectedly strengthen will be discussed. This next full discussion has taken quiet a bit longer to produce due to the fairly busy activity in the Atlantic tropics...with Hurricane Gordon...Helene in eastern Mexico...and strong tropical wave Invest 94-L in the eastern tropical Atlantic.
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