Dora now a category one hurricane

posted Jul 12, 2012, 10:39 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 10:40 AM ]
At 1200 UTC the center of Hurricane Dora was located near latitude 19.2 north, longitude 109.2 west, about 255 mi/415 km S of Cabo San Lucas Mexico, maximum sustained winds 90 mph/150 km/h present movement NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph/15 km/h.
This motion is expected to continue for the next two days. On the forecast track Dora is expected to pass south of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 90 mph/150 km/h with higher gusts. Dora is now a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Dora could become a tropical storm by tonight.

Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Mexico from Agua Blanca to Buenavista including Cabo San Lucas. Tropical-storm-force winds are possible over portions of the warning area by tonight. Large swells generated by Dora will affect the coast of southwestern Mexico and Baja California during the next couple of days. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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