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Very Intense Hurricane Hilary (09E) Moving Away from Southwestern Coast of Mexico

17.2N 105.9W

September 23rd, 2011 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Hilary (09E) - September 23rd, 2011

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Track of TS 09E  - September 23rd, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 09E

At 2:00 PM PDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Hilary (09E)  was located near latitude 16.3 north, longitude 103.1 west. Hilary is moving toward the west near 8 mph (13 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next two days.

On the forecast track, the core of Hilary should continue to move farther offshore of the southwestern coast of Mexico today. Maximum sustained winds remain near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Hilary is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The cyclone is expected to remain a major hurricane during the next two days.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles (140 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 942 mb (27.82 inches).

Hazards affecting land include rainfall and surf. Hilary is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches along the coasts of Gguerrero and Michoacan in southern Mexico. Swells generated by Hilary are affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico. These swells are likely causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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