Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

Based on current forecast models, Fernanda is expected to peak Saturday night into Sunday with 145 miles per hour winds before cooler waters and drier air will begin to weaken the storm to a Category 1 hurricane packing 85 miles per hour winds by Wednesday morning.

The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving westward to west-northwestward toward the Central Pacific.

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It is still too far from Hawaii to know whether it will have a direct impact on the state's weather later in the month. This system is expected to become a hurricane shortly as it tracks west across the open Pacific Ocean.

The storm was heading in the general direction of Hawaii, but forecasters said it is expected to lose strength in the coming days.

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The U.S National Hurricane Center reported that Fernanda's maximum sustained winds had increased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

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Meanwhile, a disturbance, formerly known as Tropical Storm Eugene, was causing life-threatening surf and rip currents along California's coast earlier this week.

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