Hurricane “Cristina” formed off the coast of Mexico

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Tropical Storm "Cristina" formed off the coast of Mexico on June 9, 2014, and strengthened into a category 1 hurricane today. Intense rain is anticipated in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Nayarit.

The system is located close to the Mexican coast, population is warned to be cautious and follow notices of state and municipal authorities. Landslides, overflowing rivers and streams, damaged roads, flooding in low-lying areas and drainage saturation in urban areas is possible.

At 09:00 UTC today, Cristina had maximum sustained winds of 65 knots (120 km/h, 74.8 mph) and wind gusts of 80 knots (148 km/h, 92 mph). It was located approximately 230 NM (425 km, 264 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and has tracked west-southwestward at 3 knots (5.5 km/h, 3.4 mph) over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height at 06:00 UTC was 5.4 meters (18 feet).

U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected during the next two days.

Video courtesy of CONAGUA

Hurricane "Cristina" forecast track. Image credit: JTWC

Hurricane "Cristina" June 11, 2014. Image credit: NASA NOAA / GOES

Featured image credit: CONAGUA

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