Tropical Storm Kristy (Photo : National Hurricane Center (NHC))
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advised that Tropical Storm Kristy has formed in the Pacific Ocean and is headed from its current location off the coast of Mexico toward southern California.
Kristy, currently located approximately 170 miles SSW of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico and 380 miles SSE of the southern tip of Baja, California is now packing tropical storm-strength winds of 45 miles per hour. The storm is moving in a northwesterly direction at 12 miles per hour.
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A general motion between the northwest and west-northwest is anticipated over the next 48 hours, moving Kristy away from the southwest coast of Mexico and on toward southern California. With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, higher gusts are being recorded and there is a possibility of these winds strengthening over the next day or two. Tropical storm force winds are currently extending outward up to 70 miles.
In terms of rainfall, heavy showers that are associated with outer rain-bands of the storm are affecting and will continue to affect the southwestern coast of Mexico as the day progresses. This rain is expected to diminish gradually into the evening hours and on into Thursday. Currently there are no coastal storm watches or warnings in effect.
Meanwhile on the east coast, Tropical Storm Nadine is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the near future. Currently located approximately 875 miles ENE of the Lesser Antilles, the storm is moving toward the northwest at 16 miles per hour.
As Nadine continues on its northwesterly path, forecasters predict a turn toward the north-northwest as we move into Thursday night. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 65 miles per hour with higher gusts, and are expected to become stronger over the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds currently extend outward up to 115 miles.
Nadine is expected to be upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane by tonight or early Thursday. As of 5:00pm AST there are no coastal watches or warnings for this storm system in effect.