Assessing a peak intensity is difficult. My best guess for landfall intensity is 55 kt (pressure 1000mb), based on a combination of Recon (supported 45 kt around 2200Z), the surface obs (supported at least 45-50 kt around 0200Z) and the significant improvement in radar signature since then. A case could be made for even higher, but don't want to go too far up without additional proof.
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Last edited by CrazyC83
on Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:34 am, edited 1 time in total.