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Double-Take in the Pacific: Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Depression Enrique – August 7th, 2009

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August 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique - August 6th, 2009

Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique - August 6th, 2009

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Track of storms - August 7th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of storms

Hurricane Felicia (left) has remained much stronger than nearby Tropical Depression Enrique (right) , leading to strong wind shear over the storm. However, Felicia did not absorb Enrique as was once expected, and the interaction between the two systems had little effect on Felicia.

At 2:00 AM PDT (0900 UTC) the center of Hurricane Felicia was located about 1365 miles (2195 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii and about 1630 miles (2625 km) west of the southern tip of Baja California.

Felicia is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/hr), and a general west-northwestward motion is expected on Friday with a gradual turn toward the west forecast for Saturday.

Felicia is predicted to move towards Hawaii; however, it is not an immediate threat to the islands. Residents have not been urged to prepare for the storm, although they have been advised to ensure that their disaster kits are fully stocked and ready.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/hr) with higher gusts. Weakening is forecast during the next couple of days as Felicia moves over cooler waters.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches). Felicia is currently the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2009 Pacific hurricane season and the strongest in the eastern Pacific since Hurricane Daniel in 2006.

Enrique, on the other hand, is expected to weaken to a remnant low later today.As of 2:00 AM PDT (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Depression Enrique was located about 1250 miles (2010 km) west of the southern tip of Baja California.

The depression is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (23 km/hr). This general motion is expected until dissipation. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/hr) with higher gusts, and estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches). Weakening is forecast and Enrique is expected to become a remnant low later today.

Hurricane Felicia Expected to Absorb Tropical Storm Enrique

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August 5th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique - August 4th, 2009

Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique - August 4th, 2009

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Track of storms - August 5th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of storms

Hurricane Felicia (left) is getting stronger far out in the Pacific and is expected to absorb a weakened Tropical Storm Enrique (right).

Hurricane Felicia’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday have increased to near 105 mph, and the system is expected to become a major hurricane later Wednesday.

Felicia is centered about 1,365 miles (2200 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are 90 knots (105 mph, 165 km/h), with stronger gusts. Hurricane force winds extend up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center of Felicia, and tropical storm force winds up to 85 miles (140 km). Minimum central pressure is 970 mbar (28.64 inches).

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Enrique has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph and is expected to weaken and be absorbed by Felicia. Enrique is centered about 825 miles west-southwest of Baja California and is moving west-northwest near 15 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1000 mbar (29.53 inches), and the system is moving west-northwest at 13 kt (15 mph, 24 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend up to 100 miles (160 km) from the center of Enrique.