Hurricane Center Tracking Hurricane Hilary off Coast of Mexico; Atlantic Storms

September 27, 2011

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is currently tracking Hurricane Hilary in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula.

The NHC’s latest bulletin, issued at 2:00 a.m. PDT, said “maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115 mph, 185 km/h with higher gusts. Hilary is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. A gradual weakening is expected during the next couple of days.”

The NHC also indicated that Hilary is “moving toward the west near 10 mph, 17 km/h,” and it expects a “gradual turn toward the west-northwest and then northwest with a decrease in forward speed” during the next 12-24 hours, followed by a turn toward the north by late Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles, 55 km, from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 120 miles, 195 km.

At present the storm poses no immediate threat to land, but it is generating large swells and causing heavy surf and riptides along the Mexican coast. These conditions will also affect the coast of Baja California later in the week.

In the Atlantic the NHC is also tracking the remnants of tropical storm Ophelia, which may be in the process of reforming, and tropical storm Philippe, which is around 735 miles, 1185 km, west of the Cape Verde Islands. Neither storm poses an immediate threat to land.

Source: National Hurricane Center

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