DISCUSSION: As of just after 4:00 PM CDT there have now been confirmed reports from the NOAA WP-3 Hurricane Hunter Reconnaisance aircraft for the maximum wind speeds in several parts of what was formerly Tropical Storm Earl to have increased up to 75 MPH. Thus, the winds have strengthened sufficiently for it to officially designated as Hurricane Earl. Even though Earl is only a Category 1 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, it is imperative to take the necessary precautions ahead of this tropical cyclone's arrival. As discussed in the previous post when it was still Tropical Storm Earl, it will bring a threat for copious amounts of rainfall for flash flooding conditions and subsequent landslide and mudslide threats to areas in its past as shown in the future-track forecast cone included below in the atached graphic suite courtesy of the national hurricane center forecast office. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across North America, be sure to click here!