posted Jul 13, 2012, 5:31 PM by Weather Man
updated Jul 13, 2012, 7:17 PM
|Fabio becomes the fifth hurricane of the season more than a month ahead of schedule. At 200 PM PDT / 2100 UTC the eye of Hurricane Fabio was located near latitude 15.6 north longitude 111.4 west about 515 mi/825 km S of the southern tip of Baja California.
Maximum sustained winds 80 mph - 130 km/h present movement WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph - 17 km/h minimum central pressure 986 mb - 29.12 inches
Fabio is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph - 17 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph - 130 km/h with higher gusts.
Fabio is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Some additional strengthening is possible during the next 24 hours or so.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles - 35 km - from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles - 165 km.