Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Hurricane Tracker: Tropical storm Ivo to become hurricane in less than 24 hours | World | News

Tropical Storm Ivo was named by the National Hurricane Centre late on Wednesday night and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by Friday. The weather system is churning through the Pacific Ocean and is continuing to intensify and grow more organised. Also being watched in the Pacific is a weather system named disturbance one, which has a 20 percent of cyclone formation in the next five days.

Tropical Storm Ivo was located around 550miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California as of the National Hurricane Center’s 9am MDT (4pm BST) update.

Maximum sustained winds were measured to be 65mph, with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre of the weather system.

Ivo is currently tracking west near 12 mph (19 km/h).

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A decrease in forward speed and a turn to the northwest is expected by Thursday, with a northwestward motion continuing through Friday.

Steady strengthening is expected and Ivo is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday, or potentially Thursday evening.

Ivo may reach major Category 3 hurricane status for a time.

The final track or impact on land is unknown, but there are currently no land advisories in place.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said: “As Ivo enters colder waters west of Baja California this weekend, it is likely to diminish before reaching waters off the coast of California.”

As it dissipates next week, waves may be impacted along the south-facing beaches of Southern California.

Western United States blogger and AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said: “Ivo may also spread some clouds into parts of California early next week.”

Elsewhere, in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Chantal has weakened to a tropical depression.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 35mph with higher gusts.

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Further weakening of Chantal is expected, and it is forecast to become a remnant low by Friday.

Currently, conditions in the Atlantic are conducive to forming hurricanes, but wind shear will prevent this weekend seeing formation according to the hurricane expert.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: ”Sea-surface temperatures are sufficiently warm for development, but wind shear is likely to inhibit development into this weekend.”

A front is forecast to track slowly along the southeastern US coast and a weather system may form along this front this weekend.

Mr Kottlowski added: ”It is possible these features coalesce and slowly give birth to a tropical system next week.”

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