Amanda is the first named tropical system in the Pacific Ocean for the 2014
season. Amanda is currently a category 4
hurricane with a minimum central pressure of 935mb and maximum sustained winds
near 150 mph.
became a tropical depression this past Thursday afternoon and then a tropical
storm by Friday morning. The storm continued
to increase in intensity, becoming a category 1 hurricane Saturday afternoon
and reaching category 4 hurricane status by early Sunday morning.
the past 5 days the tropical storm has had mainly a west/northwest route with slow
progression. Over the next three days a northerly
then northeasterly turn expected for Amanda with a slow pace of 5-15 mph. Due
to cold upwelling and some dry mid-level air Amanda is expected to slowly
decrease in strength over the next 24 hours. By Tuesday morning the weakening
system will begin to rapidly weaken becoming a tropical low pressure system by
Friday morning. The United States does
not expect to see any impact from Amanda but the central west coast of Mexico, south
of the Baja peninsula, could see some rain late in the week.
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