Air Force reconnaissance found earlier this morning that Zeta had flight-level winds of 77 knots, which translates to about 70 knots or 81 mph at the surface. The central pressure is down to 988 mb and was steadily dropping over the past few hours.
That crew has completed their mission and is en route back to base, while Mission 15 is en route to the storm now.
The satellite presentation continues to improve with a large amount of cold cloud tops (
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