Hurricane Amanda is now the strongest storm on record for the month of May in the Eastern Pacific, with sustained wins of more than 155 mph. The category 4 hurricane is gaining strength off of Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The main body of the storm poses little threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Amanda is centered about 770 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California and it’s expected to stay out to sea while gradually weakening over the coming five days.
It’s been moving to the north at 2 mph.
Even so, Mexico’s National Meterological Service says rains associated with Amanda are expected to drench much of western and central Mexico.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially starts on May 15.
Amanda, the first named storm and first hurricane of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, formed Thursday afternoon as a tropical depression about 635 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It is now drifting slowly to the north-northwest; this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. Other than a few minor islands well offshore such as Socorro Island, it is no threat to land.
Amanda is expected to weaken quickly soon. Its slow motion is stirring up the waters beneath it, allowing colder water to come to the surface. Additionally, increasing vertical wind shear and dry air will start to disrupt its circulation. By later this week, if not sooner, Amanda will have weakened to a tropical depression, then remnant low.
Again, to reemphasize, this system is not expected to threaten the North American mainland. However, it is possible some of Amanda’s remnant mid-and upper-level moisture may get pulled northward into parts of the Desert Southwest and Rockies later in the week.