Polo nearly a hurricane

posted Sep 17, 2014, 3:42 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 3:43 PM ]
Residents and stranded visitors in Baja California should continue to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Polo, which is approaching hurricane strength about 200 miles south of Manzanillo on the southwestern part of the mainland.
The Pacific coast of Mexico has a new hurricane threat to be concerned with - Tropical Storm Polo, which had intensified to 60 mph sustained winds 260 miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico at 11 am EDT Wednesday.
The models have come into increasing agreement that the core of  Polo will stay offshore, but the storm is close enough to the coast that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coast of Southwest Mexico.
At 14:00hr PDT the center of Tropical Storm Polo was located about 295 km - 185 mi SSE of Manzanillo Mexico about 265 km - 165 mi WSW of  Zihuatanejo Mexico maximum sustained winds 110 km/h - 70 mph.
Polo is the sort of thing which can produce high anxiety, with a new storm forming and tracking not far from one which just brought disaster.
The official forecast (which reflects the latest model guidance) is for the core to track solidly offshore of Cabo San Lucas. Then again, that was the case with Odile even with what was issued Saturday morning.
Residents and stranded visitors in Baja California should continue to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Polo, which is approaching hurricane strength about 200 miles south of Manzanillo on the southwestern part of the mainland
Polo has formed not far from where Odile did offshore of southern Mexico