Hurricane Odile, currently battering Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, continues to weaken. Odile’s top sustained winds have decreased to 90 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. It is moving northwest at 13 mph, and its minimum central pressure has climbed to 965 mb, or 28.50 inches of mercury.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Baja California Sur from Punta Abreojos to Santa Rosalia, with a Hurricane Watch from the west coast of Baja California Sur from north of Punta Abreojos to Punta Eugenia. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the east coast of the Baja Peninsula from north of Santa Rosalia to Bahia De Los Angeles as well as from the west coast of the Baja Peninsula from north of Punta Eugenia to San Jose De Las Palomas, and Mainland Mexico, from Altata to Bahia Kino. Tropical Storm Watches are also in place from the west coast of the Baja Peninsula north of San Jose De Las Palomas to Cabo San Quintin, as well as the east coast of the Baja Peninsula, from north of Bahia De Los Angeles to San Felipe, and in Mainland Mexico, from north of Bahia Kino to Puerto Libertad.
Raw footage of Hurricane Odile:
Odile will produce 6 to 12 inches of rain, and a few areas could pick up as much as 18 inches of rain by the time Odile fizzles late this week. This will lead to a prolonged threat for life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Odile will also bring moisture to the Desert Southwest late Tuesday into Wednesday, potentially rejuvenating flash flooding concerns in southern Arizona and New Mexico. Odile will continue to weaken today as it tracks further north-northwestward along the Baja of California peninsula. By Tuesday and Wednesday, Odile will have weakened into a tropical storm and depression respectively.
More raw footage of Hurricane Odile:
On our other coast, the Atlantic could also be on the verge of producing the season’s first major hurricane with Edouard. Edouard is about 1,550 miles east of Miami, moving northwest at 14 mph, with top sustained winds of 105 mph. Edouard’s minimum central pressure is 966 mb, or 28.53 inches of mercury, and will strengthen more today and tonight, likely becoming a major hurricane by Tuesday.
Luckily, Edouard will not threaten land as it passes several hundred miles east of Bermuda Tuesday night into Wednesday. It will then be steered northeast and east across the North Atlantic for the second half of the workweek. Edouard’s only drawback is it will generate large and dangerous waves in the northern and central Atlantic Ocean this week that will be a threat to shipping lanes.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team