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Tropical Depression 05E Forms near Baja California, Hurricane Carlos Moves West

17.3N 114.6W

July 15th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression 05E - July 14th, 2009

Tropical Depression 05E - July 14th, 2009

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Track of TD 05E and Carlos - July 15th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TD 05E and Carlos

Behind Hurricane Carlos, a new, sprawling tropical depression has formed in the eastern North Pacific, with its center about 680 miles (1090 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph. Some erratic motion is possible over the next day or so, with a steadier motion to the west-northwest developing after that.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/hr) with higher gusts. The depression could become a tropical storm during the next 24 hours. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

In the meantime, Hurricane Carlos has become more compact and strengthened. Its eye was located about 1525 miles (2450 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, visible in the animated imagery to the left of the larger Tropical Depression 05E.

Carlos is moving toward the west near 6 mph (9 km/hr). A west to west-northwest motion with some increase in forward speed is forecast during the next day or two.

Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/hr) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected tonight, however gradual weakening is forecast to begin in a day or so.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

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