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Re: Tropical Depression 2-E

Posted by Sylvia on June 22, 2009, 6:27 am, in reply to "Re: Tropical Depression 2-E"
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Online at Yahoo today:

Tropical Storm Andres strengthens off SW Mexico
1 hr 42 mins ago

MEXICO CITY Tropical Storm Andres was slowing down and strengthening off the southwestern coast of Mexico early Monday, and forecasters said it could become a hurricane in coming days.

It was too soon to tell if the storm would make landfall, but a tropical storm watch was issued from Zihuatanejo northward to Manzanillo, meaning that tropical storm conditions were possible in the next day or two.

Late Sunday night, Andres became the first named storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, which began May 15 and ends November 30 and is typically busiest between July and September.

Andres was a late arrival, forecasters said. It's been 40 years since it took so long in the Eastern Pacific season for a named storm to come along.

"Normally that season gets under way somewhat earlier," said Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. "But it's not necessarily an indication that it'll be a quiet year in that basin. We've seen some years starting late and become quite active. We're just going to have to wait and see on that."

Federal forecasters have predicted a near-normal or below-normal season, with the possibility for 13 to 18 named storms, including six to 10 hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center said Andres' center as of 2 a.m. PDT Monday was about 190 miles (305 km) south of Zihuatanejo and 310 miles (505 km) south-southeast of Manzanillo.

Andres was moving slowly toward the west-northwest near 3 mph (6 kph). Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph) with higher gusts.

Forecasters said Andres could become a hurricane with sustained winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph) in the next 24 to 36 hours as it turned northwest and skirted along the coast.

The official forecast Monday still didn't indicate landfall, but the storm was close enough to the coast that a tropical storm warning could be required later in the day, Pasch said.
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