Dora weakening but still a powerful hurricane

posted Jul 12, 2012, 10:38 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 10:38 AM ]
At 0000 UTC the eye of Hurricane Dora was located near latitude 18.0 north, longitude 107.9 west. About 355 km SW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico, 585 km SSE of Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Dora is moving toward the northwest near 15 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 220 km/h with higher gusts. Dora is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Slow weakening is likely tonight with a more rapid decrease in winds forecast on Friday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 85 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 240 km. Estimated minimum central pressure is 935 mb.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Mexico from Agua Blanca to Buenavista including Cabo San Lucas. Large swells generated by Dora will affect the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next couple of days. Swells will begin affecting the coast of the southern portion of Baja California later tonight. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.