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Celia (04E) at Peak Strength, First Category 5 Hurricane of 2010 Season

18.0N 113.6W

June 30th, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Celia (04E) - June 24th, 2010

Hurricane Celia (04E) - June 24th, 2010

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By the evening of June 24, the day this image was taken, Hurricane Celia (04E) had rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane, making it the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2010 season and only the second such storm ever recorded in the month of June in the eastern Pacific.

It reached its peak intensity of 160 mph (260 km/h) and a pressure of 926 millibars. Upon attaining Category 5 status, Celia was expected to enter cooler waters in the upcoming days.

On June 25, Celia began to weaken as forecast and was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, though it had begun to show characteristics of an annular hurricane. Later that day, Celia weakened into a Category 3 hurricane. On June 26, Celia weakened further and was downgraded into a Category 2 hurricane.

It continued to weaken rapidly, and on June 27, it was only a tropical storm. Later that day, Celia winds diminished to minimal tropical storm strength. Early on June 28 it weakened into a tropical depression, and later that day, was downgraded into a remnant low.

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