By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James
Tropical Cyclone 03E (Celia)…is located about 270 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico
CELIA BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED AND EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN
Tropical Cyclone 03E (Celia) Advisory number 30
According to the National Hurricane Center…Celia is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Celia could become a hurricane late Friday or Saturday. The storm is expected to start weakening by Sunday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Swells are affecting portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico and will spread northward to the southern Baja California peninsula and the coast of west-central Mexico on Friday and Saturday. These conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
>>> Offshore of Southern Mexico:
A broad area of low pressure could form well offshore southern Mexico early next week.
Environmental conditions could support some slow development of this system thereafter as it moves to the west-northwest.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent