Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fernanda becomes hurricane in Pacific, but no threat to land

Fernanda becomes hurricane in Pacific, but no threat to land

Fernanda has strengthened into a powerful category 4 storm in the East Pacific as it continues churning toward the west.

No coastal watches or warnings are now in effect, however forecasters will continue to keep a close eye for any potential impact on Hawaii's islands.

The storm, which has sustained winds of 140 mph, is located a couple hundred miles off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico, and is moving west.

The U.S National Hurricane Center reported that Fernanda's maximum sustained winds had increased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph). This system is expected to become a hurricane shortly as it tracks west across the open Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Fernanda is likely to be a major hurricane by Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane is now the second strongest storm in modern history to be recorded so far south in the eastern Pacific. Hurricane-force winds extended just 30 miles from the storm's center. PC: NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center.

The NWS added that it is too early to know what effects, if any, Hurricane Fernanda will have on the Big Island or the State of Hawai'i.

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