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Tropical Storm Dolores (05E) Strengthens, Tropical Storm Carlos (04E) Weakens

10.4N 130W

July 16th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of convection ahead of Carlos - July 15th, 2009

Area of convection ahead of Carlos - July 15th, 2009

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Tracks of Dolores and Carlos - July 16th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tracks of Dolores and Carlos

The animated imagery shows Tropical Storm Carlos (left), downgraded from hurricane status, and Tropical Storm Dolores (right), upgraded from Tropical Depression 05E. The main image focuses on an area of convection ahead of the eye of Carlos, southeast of Hawaii (visible at the top of the full image).

Tropical Storm Carlos, after fluctuating between hurricane and tropical storm status, is now weakening fast. At 2:00 AM PDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Carlos was located approximately 1790 miles (2885 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

The depression is moving toward the west near 14 mph (23 km/hr). This general motion is expected to continue until dissipation. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 30 mph (45 km/hr) with higher gusts. Carlos is expected to become a remnant low later today.

Tropical Depression 05E, on the other hand, strengthened into a tropical storm, named Dolores, during the morning of July 15, and later that day began developing good banding features as well as good convection. The system is now moving toward the northwest a little bit faster with little change in strength.

As of 2:00 AM PDT (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Dolores was located about 680 miles (1090 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Dolores is moving toward the northwest near 18 mph (30 km/hr). This general motion with a turn to the west-northwest is expected today and Friday. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast today but a gradual weakening should begin on Friday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

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