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Karina, Marie now hurricanes; Lowell weakens

  • NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICEThis composite satellite view of the Eastern and Central Pacific shows Hurricane Karina nearly 1,425 miles east of Hilo; Tropical Storm Lowell northeast of Karina and Hurricane Marie off the Mexican coast Saturday morning.
    NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    This composite satellite view of the Eastern and Central Pacific shows Hurricane Karina nearly 1,425 miles east of Hilo; Tropical Storm Lowell northeast of Karina and Hurricane Marie off the Mexican coast Saturday morning.

Both Karina and Marie became hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific overnight, while  Lowell continued to weaken and is no longer a tropical storm.

Marie, packing sustained winds of 105 mph, was about 370 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico at 11 a.m. Saturday, moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

Marie, now a category 2 storm, could become a major category 4 hurricane with 140 mph sustained winds early next week as it moves on a course parallel with the Mexican coastline.

Karina has winds of 75 mph and was moving northeast, away from Hawaii, at 13 mph.

The storm was 1,465 miles east of Hilo at 5 p.m.

Karina’s path could take a turn to the northwest as a weakened Lowell moves past it; or Hurricane Marie could pull at it and cause Karina to stall or move southeast.

Meanwhile, Lowell’s winds dropped to 35 mph, below tropical storm status.

Lowell was about 1,110 miles west of Baja, California at 5 p.m., moving northwest at 8 mph.

The storms are bringing high surf to the coasts of Mexico and California, but are not forecast to move over land at this time.

Marie’s surf should also bring an east swell by next weekend.

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