Tropical Storm Fernanda has been upgraded to a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center at the 2:00 PM PDT advisory. Currently, Hurricane Fernanda has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is still rapidly intensifying. Fernanda is staying on a westward track moving 12 mph in the Pacific Ocean. Hurricane-force winds extend outward of 15 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward of 60 miles from the center. Forecasters are expecting Hurricane Fernanda to strengthen to a major hurricane by tomorrow evening. The forecasted positions and max winds issued by the National Hurricane Center is as follows:
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INIT 13/2100Z 11.2N 116.0W 70 KT 80 MPH
12H 14/0600Z 11.1N 117.5W 85 KT 100 MPH
24H 14/1800Z 10.9N 119.4W 100 KT 115 MPH
36H 15/0600Z 10.9N 121.3W 115 KT 130 MPH
48H 15/1800Z 11.3N 123.5W 120 KT 140 MPH
72H 16/1800Z 12.5N 128.0W 125 KT 145 MPH
96H 17/1800Z 14.0N 132.5W 115 KT 130 MPH
120H 18/1800Z 15.5N 136.0W 95 KT 110 MPH
The next advisory will be issued around 8:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell