Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Hurricane tracker: East Pacific rumbles to life with ‘at least’ one storm coming this week | World | News

August 20 marks the official first day of hurricane season’s peak. This is due to run through until around mid-September. Already, we’re seeing an uptick in disturbances off both coasts of the US. And off the coast of southern Mexico, there is one system causing particular concern.

The tropical feature is expected to develop into a hurricane and snake up along the Mexican coast, bringing heavy rain and possible flash flooding.

Currently, the system is located about 125 miles (201km) south of Tapachula, Mexico, with associated showers and thunderstorms is forecast to develop into a tropical storm and then a hurricane later this week.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: “We expect this near-coast feature to parallel the western coast of Mexico this week.

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“Whether it makes landfall along the Mexico coast at some point is highly uncertain, so all interests along the coast are encouraged to monitor the movement of this evolving tropical feature.”

Even if landfall is avoided, as the system becomes stronger, winds and seas will build along part of the west coast of Mexico, while rain and thunderstorms also brush the coast as the week progresses.

During next week, the feature may travel northwestward and parallel to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula for a time.

However, as this storm enters colder waters in this region of the Pacific, it is likely to diminish long before reaching waters off the coast of California.

Another feature is brewing further out in the Pacific, with forecasts keeping an eye for what could eventually become a major storm passing Hawaii.

This system is located more than 900 miles (1,448km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico.

This feature has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days, according to the NHC.

It is possible this feature brings an eventual uptick in showers and thunderstorms, as well as building surf, to Hawaii early next week.

Mr Kottlowski said: “This system may pass near the Hawaiian islands around Sunday or Monday.

“However, until this system becomes better organised, the future intensity, speed and movement remains uncertain.”

Tropical systems that strengthen and maintain strength are more likely to take a more northwesterly path, which could bring such a system close to Hawaii.

On the other hand, tropical systems that remain weak or weaken while moving along are more likely to take a more westerly path.

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