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Tropical Storm Javier Threatens Cabo San Lucas, Enhance Monsoon?

Tropical Storm Javier formed out of the remnants of Hurricane Earl on Sunday, posing a significant threat to a big swath of western Mexico and could eventually pose flooding problems for parts of the U.S. desert southwest.

Hurricane Earl’s remnants moved into the eastern Pacific on Saturday, and the leftover moisture and circulation quickly developed into the eastern Pacific’s tenth named storm of the season, Javier. When a storm moves from one hurricane center basin to another, in this case from the Atlantic into the Pacific, it acquires a different name.

While only packing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles-per-hour (MPH) as of Sunday evening, Javier is expected by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to gain strength, perhaps getting close to a hurricane before brushing the Baja California peninsula of Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Strong winds, heavy rainfall and high surf are expected to be the primary concerns with Javier for western Mexico.

As of Sunday evening, Tropical Storm Warnings had been posted for the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, including popular tourist spot Cabo San Lucas, and Tropical Storm Watches extended further up the coastline of the Baja peninsula and could be upgraded by mid-week.

By the end of the week, the moisture left from Javier could move into the desert Southwest, potentially impacting parts of Arizona, New Mexico and interior California with heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

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Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Javier.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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