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Keeping an Eye on the Tropics

19 Jul 2017, 2:10 pm

Hurricane season is in full swing and as expected, there is a lot to track.

There are several storms of note in the Pacific.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were two named storms, Hurricane Fernanda and Tropical Storm Greg.

Hurricane Fernanda is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. It has a minimum central pressure of 982 mb and moving northwest at 8 mph. Fernanda is slowly weakening over the open Pacific. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is issuing advisories on Hurricane
Fernanda located well to the east of Hilo, Hawaii.

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Tropical Storm Greg is located several hundred miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Its minimum central pressure is 1005 mb and moving west at 10 mph. The NHC expects Tropical Storm Greg to strengthen over the next couple of days.

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Between Hurricane Fernanda and Tropical Storm Greg is Tropical Depression Eight-E. Its minimum central pressure is 1008 mb. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west-southwest at 5 mph. The NHC says that this storm remains poorly organized.

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Another disturbance that’s located well southeast of Tropical Storm Greg has a 30% of formation in the next 48 hours.

And if four storms in the Pacific weren’t enough, the NHC says they are watching another area of low pressure that is forecasted to form south of the
coast of Mexico over the weekend. They say that some gradual development of this system is possible early next week.

While the Pacific remains active, there is only one storm to report in the Atlantic… as of now.

There is an area of low pressure located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles. It is moving into drier and more stable air, which is helping to decrease shower activity. The NHC says that there is little or no development with this storm as it move toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

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