Pacific Tropics: Hurricane John Delivers Strong Swell to Mexico, Baja, possibly SoCal

Gwen Vasquez
August 9, 2018

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

The storm is centered about 1,160 miles west of the Azores and is moving north near 16 mph. The hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. update the "far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday".

The conditions needed to stir up hurricanes are lacking, noted Phil Klotzbach and Michael Bell of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.

A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves.

In the early morning advisory, the hurricane center noted that Debby lost its subtropical characteristics and became a tropical storm.

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Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. A tropical storm watch means damaging winds, damaging surf and flooding rains are possible anytime within the next 48 hours.

That left three disturbances in the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Strom Ileana formed near Manzanillo on Monday but has now been absorbed by the much larger Hurricane John, while the newly formed Tropical Storm Kristy is roughly halfway between Cabo and Hawaii.

One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

So far this season we have had Subtropical Storm Alberto, which formed in May, as well as Hurricane Beryl and Hurricane Chris.

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