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Hurricane Felicia Expected to Absorb Tropical Storm Enrique

19.3N 117.4W

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.

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