Hurricane Felicia strengthened to become a Category 4 hurricane on Friday.
At 2:00 p.m. PDT, the storm was centered over the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 985 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
FELICIA STRENGTHENS BEFORE A HURRICANE IN THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC
According to the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center (NHC), the hurricane is moving westward at nearly 9 mph.
The general motion is expected to continue over the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds from Felicia have increased to nearly 130 mph with higher gusts and hurricane force winds extending outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending outward. ‘exterior up to 70 miles from the center.
The agency said Felicia remains a small tropical cyclone.
While there was the potential for strength fluctuations on Friday, Hurricane Felicia is expected to weaken on Saturday.
AccuWeather meteorologists reported on Saturday that unlike Hurricane Enrique, Felicia would not have a direct impact on Mexico – although there would be “more effects” including “heavy swells and waves. choppy along the coast of Baja California Sur ”.
Hurricane is the sixth named storm of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season 2021.
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The next name in the Eastern Pacific is Guillermo.
NOAA said in May that a near or below normal season was very likely, with a 70% chance of five to 10 hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.
The hurricane season in the eastern Pacific officially runs from May 15 to November 30, according to the agency.
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