The Atlantic has now generated six hurricanes this year, with Hurricane Kyle joining Bertha, Dolly, Gustav, Hanna and Ike on this year’s list. An Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter examined Kyle earlier this afternoon and found hurricane force winds extending far enough from the center to justify the upgrade. Here are Kyle’s most recent vitals:
Center located at 34.3N, 69.7W; maximum sustained winds of 75mph, moving N @ 23mph; minimum pressure of 995mb.
Kyle continues to race northward between the ridge to his east and the deep-layer trough to his west. His anticipated path hasn’t changed much since yesterday, with a likely landfall in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia very early Monday morning. He could still be a hurricane at that point, or could weaken slightly back to Tropical Storm strength. At that point, his arbitrary classification won’t mean much. He will be a tropical system making landfall over eastern Canada. The center could still come ashore close to the border of Maine, so they’ll experience strong winds and a storm surge as well.
[Update 11:00P MDT]: The latest intensity and track forecast from the NHC indicates that Kyle should weaken back to Tropical Storm strength tomorrow night, well in advance of making landfall. A Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watch have been issued for Maine.