After weakening slightly overnight, Irene’s strength has come back with winds currently measured at 115 mph. The last hurricane hunter reconnaissance mission also measured a central pressure of 966 millibars – a decrease from the previous flight, and further indication of the storms organization and intensification. In fact, an eye can now be seen in satellite imagery. Shown here are colorized infrared and visible images from the GOES-East satellite taken on August 24, 2011 at 1315z. Throughout the day, Irene is predicted to strengthen, with winds of around 125 mph as it continues its projected path along the U.S coastline.
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