Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Pacific Hurricane Amanda Forms Off Mexican Coast

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The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season formed far off the coast of Mexico on Saturday, and experts determined it’s growing into the strongest May hurricane in modern record.

Even though it rapidly grew from a Category 1 to a major Category 4, poses no immediate threat to land, forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in Miami.

Hurricane Amanda is now only 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southeast of Manzanillo, Colima; and heavy rains are expected in Jalisco, Michoacán, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Morelos, Tlaxcala and Mexico City, said the National Water Commission.

Amanda became the strongest May eastern Pacific hurricane on record when on  Sunday morning peak winds approached that of a Category 5 hurricane.

Amanda’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 155 mph and its central pressure dropped to 932 millibars by 11 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday, meaning Amanda is a very powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Although Amanda has weakened some from its peak strength, sustained winds remain at Category 4 strength as the storm moves slowly northward over the eastern Pacific.

NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured this visible image of renamed Tropical Storm Amanda on May 23 at 1500 UTC/11 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

NOAA’s GOES-West satellite captured this visible image of renamed Tropical Storm Amanda on May 23 at 1500 UTC/11 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

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