Hurricane season has its first named storm - Tucson News Now

Hurricane season has its first named storm

This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shows Tropical Storm Amanda off the coast of Mexico Saturday morning. (Source: NOAA) This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shows Tropical Storm Amanda off the coast of Mexico Saturday morning. (Source: NOAA)

(RNN) - The first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season has formed more than 600 miles off the coast of southwestern Mexico.

Tropical Storm Amanda could reach hurricane strength by Memorial Day, but it is not expected to make landfall. Instead, forecasters have predicted it will drift further west.

At latest report, Amanda had wind speeds of 39 miles per hour. Winds could reach as high as 75 miles per hour as it gets further out into the Pacific Ocean.

Two days ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicted slower than average hurricane activity for the Atlantic region, which has yet to see its first named storm. June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

May 25 begins National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Hurricane season 2017More>>

  • Arlene becomes post-tropical

    Arlene becomes post-tropical

    Friday, April 21 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-04-21 11:17:20 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 11:16 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:16:33 GMT

    The tropical storm that formed Thursday over the Atlantic joined forces with an extratropical low and became post-tropical Friday,

    The tropical storm that formed Thursday over the Atlantic joined forces with an extratropical low and became post-tropical Friday,

  • Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the north Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the north Atlantic

    Thursday, April 20 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-04-20 20:52:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 20 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-04-21 03:09:38 GMT
    Tropical Storm Arlene is an early arrival. (Source: National Hurricane Center)Tropical Storm Arlene is an early arrival. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

    A rare April storm has formed in the north Atlantic Ocean. 

    A rare April storm has formed in the north Atlantic Ocean. 

  • Meteorologists ditch Matthew, Otto hurricane names

    Meteorologists ditch Matthew, Otto hurricane names

    Monday, March 27 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-03-27 17:18:42 GMT
    Monday, March 27 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-03-27 17:18:42 GMT

    Off the Atlantic hurricane list for good is Matthew and Otto because the storms were so destructive and deadly in 2016.

    Off the Atlantic hurricane list for good is Matthew and Otto because the storms were so destructive and deadly in 2016.

Powered by Frankly