First hurricane of season forms

posted Jul 12, 2012, 10:16 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 10:19 AM ]
Hurricane Adrian churned across the Pacific early Thursday as forecasters warned of dangerous surf and rip currents on the  southwestern coast of Mexico. Adrian - a Category 1 hurricane - could intensify into a major hurricane in the next day or two, the National Weather Service said. The first hurricane of the season is expected to stay offshore, sparing Mexico. But  "any deviation to the right of the forecast track could bring tropical  storm conditions" to parts of Mexico on Thursday and into Friday,  according to the hurricane center. Adrian's maximum sustained winds increased to nearly 80 mph (130 kph) late Wednesday."Additional strength is likely," the weather service said. The storm was about 275 miles (440 kilometers) south of the town of Zihuatanejo late Wednesday. Swells caused by the storm were expected to affect the southwestern coast of Mexico.
At 1500 UTC the eye of major Hurricane Adrian was located near latitude 14.2 north / longitude 104.1 west. Adrian is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph - 15 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue during the next two days keeping the hurricane away from the coast of Mexico. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph - 185 km/h with higher gusts. Adrian is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening could occur today or Friday but a gradual weakening should begin thereafter. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles - 45 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles - 130 km. Swells generated by Adrian will continue to affect a portion of the southwestern coast of Mexico today through at least early this weekend. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.