Celia becomes category 2 hurricane as Tropical Depression Five-E forms
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Celia becomes category 2 hurricane as Tropical Depression Five-E forms

  • NASA / GOES WEST

    At 11 a.m. Hawaii time, Celia had sustained winds of 100 mph, about 1,190 miles west of Baja California and roughly 1,950 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

  • NASA / GOES WEST

    Hurricane Celia strengthened slightly today. Meanwhile, a new system may be developing east of Celia.

  • NASA / GOES WEST

    This visible image of Hurricane Celia taken from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite today shows Celia after it developed an eye about 20 nautical miles across.

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

    This graphic shows the projected path and intensity of Hurricane Celia over the next five days.

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The second hurricane of the season, Hurricane Celia, strengthened into a category 2 storm today in the East Pacific as another tropical cyclone formed behind it.

At 5 p.m. Hawaii time, Celia had sustained winds of 100 mph, about 1,225 miles west of Baja California and roughly 1,950 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

Celia was moving west-northwest at 10 mph and should begin to weaken Tuesday as it moves over cooler waters, according to officials at the National Weather Service’s Eastern Pacific Hurricane Center.

It should cross into the Central Pacific Thursday as a tropical storm with winds of about 50 mph.

Celia is too far away to predict how the storm will affect the weather in Hawaii, other than sending surf to east shores later this week.

The former Hurricane Blas weakened to a remnant low Sunday afternoon, about 1,220 miles east of Hilo. Moisture from what’s left of Blas may bring bring an increase in showers to the islands Thursday and Friday as the storm passes near Hawaii.

Remnants of former Tropical Storm Agatha are expected to move across the islands tonight, bringing a possible increase in showers.

Meanwhile, about 285 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, the latest in a string of tropical cyclones formed in the East Pacific.

Tropical Depression Five-E had winds of 35 mph, is moving west-northwest at 9 mph, and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm tonight or Tuesday and could reach hurricane strength later this week.

When it reaches tropical storm strength, it will be named Darby.

Forecasters are also watching another area of storm activity east of Celia that could also develop into a tropical cyclone later in the week.

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