Tropical Storm Nadine (Photo : National Hurricane Center (NHC))
In its latest public advisory, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Tropical Storm Nadine is still expected to become a hurricane by later in the day on Thursday.
As of 11:00am AST, Nadine was located approximately 770 miles ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands. The storm is moving toward the northwest at 16 miles per hour and a turn toward the north-northwest is expected Thursday night. From there, Nadine's path is expected to turn toward the north on Friday and veer off to the north-northwest by early Saturday.
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The storm's maximum sustained winds are reported at approximately 70 miles per hour, with higher gusts recorded. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center of Nadine. Some strengthening in wind speed is anticipated over the next 24-48 hours.
Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Meanwhile in the eastern Pacific, the NHC says that as of 8:00am PDT, Tropical Storm Kristy "remains poorly organized."
Kristy, located approximately 110 miles east of Socorro Island, off the coast of Mexico and 280 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California, is presently moving WNW at 10 miles per hour. This storm path and pace is expected to continue over the next day or two. Following this track, Kristy should pass well south of the southern tip of Baja California tonight and early Friday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts, and tropical storm force winds extend outward from the storm up to 80 miles. Some strengthening of the winds is possible, but they should gradually begin to weaken by Friday.
Although there are no coastal storm watches or warnings in effect as of now, the NHC has advised that there is dangerous surf in the areas surrounding the storm. Swells generated by Kristy will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and southern Baja California over the next day or two. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.