Published On: Wed, Jun 11th, 2014

Hurricane Cristina Gains Force Off the Mexican Pacific Coast

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Hurricane Cristina, the third named storm and second hurricane of the 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season continues to strengthen and churn to the West off the coast of Mexico.

It initially formed as Tropical Depression Three-E Monday afternoon about 160 miles south of Zihuantanejo, Mexico. Six hours later the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to a tropical storm, giving it the third name on this year’s 2014 Eastern Pacific naming list, Cristina.

Cristina is moving slowly to the west. A west to west-northwest motion is expected over the next several days. This will keep its center offshore over the next five days, and will gradually take it farther away from shore.

However, Cristina is close enough to land to have some effect on Mexico. The broader circulation around Cristina is bringing moist air onshore and wringing it out in the form of some locally heavy rain from portions of Mexico’s Pacific coast northward into the Mexico City area.

Hurricane Crisitna projected path

Hurricane Crisitna projected path

Swell created by Cristina’s winds is reaching portions of the Mexican coast, leading to dangerous surf and rip currents at local beaches. Please use caution in the water if you are visiting the major Pacific coast resort cities in Mexico. However, significant storm surge is not expected.

Cristina may continue to gain strength over the next couple of days until increasing southwest winds aloft and cooler water begin to take their toll late this week into the weekend.

Source: http://www.weather.com/

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