Enrique becomes the first hurricane of the 2021 season

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The first hurricane of the 2021 hurricane season formed overnight more than 150 miles off Manzanillo, Mexico.

Hurricane “Enrique” is expected to strengthen the next day, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Overnight, #Enrique turned into a hurricane more than 150 miles off Manzanillo, Mexico. Further strengthening is expected. Enrique could become a Category 2 hurricane by Sunday while staying offshore at the same time. to the Mexican coast, ”NHC’s Eastern Pacific region tweeted on Saturday. Morning.

In a previous post on Facebook, the agency said the storm was moving west-northwest at nearly 8 mph before gradually slowing down, turning northwest tonight or Sunday and continuing northwesterly. northwest until Monday.

Enrique’s core is expected to remain offshore and “roughly parallel” to the southwest coast of Mexico for the next two to three days.

Maximum sustained winds from the hurricane increased to nearly 75 mph with higher gusts, hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Hurricane Enrique is also expected to produce precipitation of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches more at Colima and along the coasts of Michoacan and Jalisco.

“These amounts would likely produce flash floods and potentially fatal mudslides over parts of southwestern Mexico,” the NHC warned, also noting that dangerous swells along Mexico’s southwest coast “would likely cause life threatening surf and tear conditions. “

Category 1 hurricane advisories were in effect, including a tropical storm warning from Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes and a tropical storm watch from Cabo Corrientes in San Blas, Mexico.

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The NHC warned that hurricane watch could be needed for parts of Mexico’s southwest coast later Saturday.

In May, NOAA predicted that the 2021 Eastern Pacific hurricane season would produce 12 to 18 named storms, with 5 to 10 hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.

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