Hurricane Amanda has been classified as the strongest eastern Pacific hurricane that is on record for this month on Sunday after it began to rapidly intensify. On Sunday morning, the maximum sustained winds reached 155 mph, which then put this hurricane at the top end of the Category four range on the five category Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale. This storm has already surpassed 2001’s Hurricane Adolph, which was previously the eastern Pacific’s strongest hurricane in May that was recorded. This hurricane is the first named storm and first hurricane of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, which began formation on Thursday afternoon due to a tropical depression about 635 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico.
This tropical storm is now moving at a slow pace into the north-northwest. The slow forward motion of this storm is expected to continue through Wednesday, where it will then make a turn toward the north and northeast as predicted. It isn’t much of a threat to the land, other than a few minor islands that are well offshore.
This tropical storm is expected to weaken soon due to the slow motion that is stirring up the water beneath it, causing colder water to come to the surface. Also, a vertical wind shear and dry air will try to disrupt the circulation over the next couple of days. That means by the end of the week, Hurricane Amanda will weaken to a tropical storm, then a tropical depression, then a remnant low.
For clarification, this tropical storm system is not predicted to hit North America. It is a possibility that some of Amanda’s remnant mid and upper level may get pulled northward into parts of the Desert Southwest and the Rockies later this week though. This year’s hurricane outlook is projected to be compared to, or equal to, last year’s season. It won’t be much of an active hurricane season for North America as many meteorologists and specialists further analyze weather patterns and predictions.
For updates on this year’s hurricane outlook and how this will affect the United States, stay tuned to The Weather Channel.