Hurricane Nadine projected path (Photo : National Hurricane Center (NHC))
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has announced that Hurricane Nadine is strengthening as it begins to head east out in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Kristy is still plugging away in the Eastern Pacific and also in the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Lane has formed but does not currently cause any threat to land.
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Hurricane Nadine is now 980 miles east of Bermuda and 1,305 miles WSW of the Azores. Still a Category 1 hurricane, Nadine is moving in an easterly direction at 17 miles per hour. The storm is expected to continue on in this direction through Sunday before it takes an east-northeast turn on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are being reported at around 80 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds are extending outward up to 45 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds are reaching outward up to 185 miles. Nadine is expected to remain a Category 1 hurricane for at least the next couple of days.
The NHC has advised that Tropical Storm Kristy, in the Pacific Ocean, is "fighting cool waters but still remains a tropical storm." Kristy's current location is approximately 365 miles west of the southern tip of Baja, California. The storm is currently moving in a northwesterly direction at 9 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are reported to be at 45 miles per hour with higher gusts occurring. Tropical storm force winds are extending outward up to 90 miles and Kristy is expected to become a remnant low on Sunday.
Although Kristy seems to be losing some steam, swells generated by the storm will continue to affect portions of southern Baja, California over the next 24-48 hours. Residents in the area should be advised that these swells have the potential to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
Also in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Lane formed on Saturday. The storm is currently located approximately 1,145 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California and weather officials say the storm is not in danger of causing any threat to land. Lane is currently moving toward the west-southwest at 5 miles per hour.
Maximum sustained winds have been reported at approximately 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and tropical storm force winds are reaching outward from the center of the storm up to 60 miles. The NHC says it expects Tropical Storm Lane to strengthen over the next 48 hours.