Julia (12L) Strengthens to Category Two Hurricane19.4N 26.4W
During the night of September 14, an eye-like feature developed, and in fewer than 18 hours Julia (12L) intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. On early September 15, Julia further strengthened into a category two hurricane.
As of 11 p.m. AST September 14 (0300 UTC September 15), the center of Hurricane Julia is located within 20 nautical miles of 16.7°N 30.9°W, about 450 miles (725 km) west-northwest of the southernmost Cape Verde islands.
Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 105 mph (165 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is estimated at 974 mbar (hPa; 28.77 InHg), and the system is moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 km/h).
Hurricane force winds extend up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center of Julia, and tropical storm force winds up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.