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Andres Strengthens to Hurricane Off Mexico PC

Posted by feww on June 24, 2009

Hurricane Andres swipes Mexico’s SW coast with 120 kph winds and rain

Tropical Storm Andres strengthened into the Pacific season’s first hurricane of 2009, toppling trees, flooding streets and homes and killing at least one as it battered Mexico’s southwestern coast with 120 kph winds.

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Hurricane Andres frame freeze from GOES Imagery – IR Rainbow Enhancement Curve. NOAA/ NWS / NHC

Hurricane Andres frame freeze from GOES Floater Imagery – Funktop Enhancement – Updated every 30 mins. NOAA/ NWS / NHC

Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities – 120 Hours

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone

Hurricane ANDRES Public Advisory 9A

Hurricane Details

  • Source: NHC
  • Forecaster: Kimberlain/ Beven
  • Date and Time:  Jun 23,  2009  at 17:00 PDT
  • Warning area: SW coast of Mexico from Punto San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.  [Interests elsewhere along the western coast of Mexico and the southern Baja peninsula should monitor the progress of Andres. ]
  • Current Location:  The center of hurricane Andres was located near latitude 19.0 n, longitude 105.6 w  or about 110 km west of Manzanillo Mexico and about 155 km south of Cabo Corrientes Mexico.
  • Category and Wind Speed:   Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 120 km/hr with higher gusts.  Andres is a category one hurricane on the Ssaffir-Simpson scale.  Weakening is forecast during the next day or two. [See Also FEWW Hurricane Scale]
  • Direction: Andres is moving toward the northwest at 20 km/hr.  This motion is expected to continue during the next day or so followed by a turn toward the west-northwest with a gradual decrease in forward speed.  On the forecast track Andres will continue passing very close to or over the coast of southwestern Mexico
  • Wind Force Extent:  Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 km from the center, tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 110 km. [Manzanillo Mexico recently reported a wind gust of 76 km/hr.
  • Estimated minimum central pressure: 988 mb (29.18 inches).

Notes: Andres is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 7 to 15 cm  (3 to 6 in) over portions of west-central Mexico with possible isolated maximum amounts of  20 cm (8 in).

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