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Hurricane Sandra Obliterates Records; Moisture Impacts U.S.

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The calendar might say late November, but don’t tell Mother Nature that.

The tropics are still active far later than usual, particularly in the eastern Pacific Ocean, where Hurricane Sandra is obliterating records as it churns less than a week from the official end of hurricane season. Sandra had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles-per-hour (MPH) as of Thursday afternoon, making it a Category 3 storm, or a major hurricane. Earlier on Thursday it reached Category 4 status, making it the strongest hurricane this late in the season in the western hemisphere and north of the equator.

Sandra also marks the ninth major hurricane, or a storm of Category 3 strength or greater, so far this season, also a new record.

Sandra’s track, however, could pose a threat to northwest Mexico. It is expected to veer off to the northeast, potentially putting the major tourist hub of Cabo San Lucas in or near its path. The good news, however, is Sandra is expected to now weaken quickly as it moves into much cooler water while it moves north. Any impact to Cabo San Lucas or northwest Mexico is expected to come later on Friday and into Saturday – by which point Sandra should be a low-end Category 1 hurricane or a Tropical Storm, and it’ll continue to weaken rapidly as it moves inland this weekend.

Moisture associated with Sandra is being pulled up by a slow-moving upper level low pressure center moving through the southern Plains, contributing to a potentially significant snow, ice and rain event across the South and Midwest.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this potent storm and its potential impacts on both Mexico and the southern United States.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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