First Hurricane of the Season Forms in the Eastern Pacific
The first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed early Monday morning. Hurricane Dora is still churning off the southeast coast of Mexico.
Dora was upgraded early Monday morning (previously called Tropical Storm Dora. As of Monday, Dora is a weak hurricane with maximum winds of 80mph.
Here’s the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center:
- Hurricane Dora is centered about 170 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico.
- Dora may strengthen a bit more Monday before beginning to weaken Tuesday.
- Dora’s center will remain well off the Mexican coast, and will pass well south of Los Cabos and the southern Baja peninsula.
- Heavy rainfall and elevated seas/rip currents along the Mexican coast are expected to be the main threats from Dora.
- Coastal sections of Mexico’s Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Michoacan states could see 1-3 inches of rain with locally 5 inches in spots.
- Dora is no threat to the U.S. mainland.
Heavy rain is forecast to threaten southwestern Mexico with flash flooding and mudslides. A widespread 1-3 inches of rain with localized amounts of 5 inches is expected along the coastal sections of the Mexican states Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacan through Monday. A strong ridge of high pressure will likely steer the storm away from the coast. This will keep the strongest winds off the coast..
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Andy Stein