Hilary strengthens a little as it continues moving westward. At 800 am PDT/1500 UTC the eye of Hurricane Hilary was located near latitude 16.7 north/longitude 113.1 west. Hilary is moving toward the west near 10 mph/17 km/h. This general track is expected to continue over the next 24 hours with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected by late Tuesday followed by a turn toward the northwest early Wednesday.
Satellite imagery indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph/205 km/h with higher gusts. Hilary is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some fluctuations in strength are possible during the next day or so but overall gradual weakening is expected during the next 48 hours.
Original Published on: Sep 26, 2011 @ 20:50
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