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    Central Gulf Buoy - 38 Feet, 121 MPH

    September 23, 2005; 1:45 AM ET

    UPDATE TO "BUOY 41002, We Hardly Knew Ye":

    Buoy 42001 in the central Gulf is has passed through the eyewall and is now coming out the other side. The National Buoy Data Center says that 42001 has broken from its moorings and is now adrift (but still reporting weather data). It showed winds over 120 mph and pressure plummeting to an incredible 27.34 inches of mercury (at a rate of 1.40 inches per hour; a "rapid fall" is considered more than 0.03 per hour!) Waves are reading 38 feet. These readings sound similar to buoy readings during Katrina but I'll have to do some research this weekend to find out which one wins out.

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