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Michael J. Brennan, Richard D. Knabb, Michelle Mainelli, and Todd B. Kimberlain

showed cooling of the eyewall cloud tops and warming of the eye. Objective Dvorak technique T numbers reached 6.9 (137 kt) at 1045 UTC, supporting category 5 intensity just before landfall. Surface observations near the core of Felix were scarce ( Table 6 ). Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua reported sustained winds of 44 kt at 1300 UTC 4 September as the southern eyewall passed nearby. Point Saline International Airport on Grenada reported a wind gust of 57 kt at 0930 UTC 1 September and a minimum

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John L. Beven II, Lixion A. Avila, Eric S. Blake, Daniel P. Brown, James L. Franklin, Richard D. Knabb, Richard J. Pasch, Jamie R. Rhome, and Stacy R. Stewart

typical adjustment factors. Concurrent with this latter observation was a dropwindsonde that suggested surface winds were near 80 kt. It is possible that during this intensification phase the surface winds were leading the winds aloft. Emily passed directly over Grenada. Point Salines International Airport, just south of the path of the center, reported a peak gust of 58 kt ( Table 6 ). The northeastern tip of Grenada, as well as the smaller islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to the northeast

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