Paine becomes 11th hurricane of the season, moving north toward Baja California

Paine becomes 11th hurricane of the season, moving north toward Baja California

Tropical Storm "Paine" formed at 03:00 UTC on September 18, 2016, off the west coast of Mexico and became the 16th named tropical cyclone of the 2016 Pacific hurricane season. Paine thus tied with 1992 for most tropical cyclones on record formed between July 2 and September 18.

By 09:00 UTC on September 19, Tropical Storm "Paine" strengthened into a hurricane and became the 11th hurricane of the season, including the record-breaking Hurricane "Pali" of January 2016.

Paine was located about 550 km (340 miles) WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico at 09:00 UTC today, and had maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph), making it a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The system is expected to start weakening later today / early tomorrow as it begins to move over cooler waters.

Hurricane "Paine" is moving toward the northwest near 24 km/h (15 mph), and a turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected over the next 48 hours. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 km (90 miles).

Paine's estimated minimum central pressure is 989 hPa, according to the NWS/NHC.

There are currently no hazards affecting land. 

Paine is expected to become a tropical depression by late UTC Wednesday, September 21, and reach the coast of northern Baja California as a tropical depression by late UTC Thursday, September 22.

Hurricane "Paine" forecast track by NWS/NHC on September 19, 2016

Featured image credit: Hurricane "Paine" at 10:30 UTC on September 19, 2016. Credit: NOAA/GOES-WEST/UW-CIMSS

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