Tropical Depression Celia making another run off Mexico – could become hurricane this week
While all is quiet in the Atlantic, the Pacific is getting ready for another hurricane.
Tropical Depression Celia is not giving up quite yet. A tropical storm last week, weakened Celia is forecast to re-strengthen into a hurricane for Thursday.
Celia only had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and a pressure of 1008 MB at last report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm is well off the coast of Guatemala and moving west at 10 mph.
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Over the next several days, the NHC expects Celia to gradually strengthen as it skirts west around a high pressure system. Monday, the NHC feels Celia will become a Tropical Depression again. By Tuesday Celia could become a Tropical Storm again and by Thursday a category 1 hurricane.
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Late Monday, models show Celia making a turn toward the north. The current track keeps the storm off the coast, but still a hazard for ships. Late Thursday and Friday, the NHC forecast tropical-storm-force winds to barely kiss the Mexican coast south of Puerto Vallarta.
Blas, a hurricane last week continues to weaken. Tropical Storm Blas has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with a pressure of 1004 MB. Currently, 310 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja, it is moving northwest at 2 mph.
The NHC forecasts Blas to weaken to a Tropical Depression Monday morning then to a remnant low by evening. Blas’ wind and rains will remain off the coast and only a maritime interest.
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The Atlantic tropics are quiet. FOX Weather doesn’t forecast any activity for the next five days. Saharan dust that traveled from Africa over the southern Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico inhibits tropical development.
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What you will see instead of hurricanes are colorful sunsets and rises as the dust scatters rays of the sun.
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