Hurricane Seymour has continued to strengthen overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. Seymour is now a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds at 130-mph with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible this evening, but Seymour is expected to weaken Wednesday through Thursday as it begins to encounter higher wind shear.
Seymour’s eye is now 15 miles wide, and continues to become better defined. The majority of model guidance continues to show that Seymour will weaken below hurricane strength by Friday. Seymour is currently moving toward the west near 14-mph, but is expected to slow within the next 48 hours as it begins to encounter the higher wind shear. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected tonight, with a turn toward the northwest expected Wednesday or Wednesday night.
An area of high pressure located over Mexico may play a roll into the forecast for the southwest by late week. This high may pull remnant moisture from Seymour up into the southwestern United States, increasing precipitation chances.
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