Ileana reached peak intensity

posted Aug 30, 2012, 1:57 PM by Weather Man   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 2:00 PM ]
Ileana has likely reached its peak intensity. At 14:00 hr PDT the center of Hurricane Ileana was located near latitude 20.5 north/longitude 114.1 west, about 510 km / 315mi  WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
Ileana is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph - 9 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph - 140 km/h with higher gusts.
Ileana is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Little change in strength is forecast through the remainder of today. Weakening is expected to begin tonight or Friday.