Monday, June 21, 2010

Celia is first eastern Pacific hurricane; currently no threat to land

Insurance Journal: The first hurricane of the current season has formed in the Eastern Pacific. The storm, named Celia is being tracked by The National Hurricane Center in Miami and Risk management Solutions. On its current course it poses no threat to land.

The latest bulletin from the NHC said the storm's center was around 390 miles, 630 kms south-southwest of Acapulco. It is moving westward at around 8 mph (13 kph), and the NHC said "this motion is expected to continue during the next day or two.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph...130 km/hr...with higher gusts. "Celia is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale," the bulletin continued. "Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles, 30 km from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles...110 km."

RMS indicated that although "Celia is strengthening as it moves away from Mexico,…the projected westerly track presents no direct land falling hazard to Central or South America."…

Hurricane Celia on June 19, 2010, from the Naval Research Laboratory

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