Tropical Storm Andres (02E) Forms off Southwestern Mexico Coast14.6N 104.7W
Tropical Storm Andres formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico late Sunday, becoming the first named storm of the season in the Eastern Pacific and the latest arrival in 40 years, forecasters said.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30 and is typically busiest between July and September.
Federal forecasters have predicted a near-normal or below-normal season, with the possibility for 13 to 18 named storms, including six to 10 hurricanes.
Most forecasting models didn’t predict the storm’s center to make landfall, but it did carry the threat of heavy rains over the next two days as it turned toward the northwest and skirted the coast.
A tropical storm watch was issued from Zihuatanejo northward to Manzanillo, meaning that tropical storm conditions were possible in the next day or two.
The National Hurricane Center said Andres’ center as of 11 p.m. PDT Sunday was about 200 miles (325 km) south of Zihuatanejo and 330 miles (530 km) south-southeast of Manzanillo.
Andres was moving slowly toward the west-northwest near 5 mph (7 kph). Maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts.
The storm earned its name late Sunday when its winds exceeded a sustained 39 mph (63 kph). It gained strength early Monday and was expected to continue gaining strength over the next day or two, but forecasters said they didn’t expect it to reach hurricane strength, reports the AP.