Double-Take in the Pacific: Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Depression Enrique – August 7th, 200917.3N 132.1W
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.