Tropical Storm Ivo is continuing in its path toward Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, bringing strong wind and rains that could affect the United States.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ivo was lumbering off the coast of Mexico at 14 miles per hour, working its way toward Cabo San Lucas. It was forecast to move parallel to the country’s coast for at least a few more days, bringing sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm Ivo has brought storm warnings for the Mexican Pacific coast, from Punta Abreojos in the north to Cabo San Lucas in the south. Forecasters said it will grow stronger over the next 12 to 18 hours, but by Saturday night would begin to weaken.
Original forecasts thought the storm would have a shorter life, weakening by the end of the day on Friday. But at 2 am on Saturday the new, stronger forecast was issued.
The system carries a large footprint, with winds extending 195 miles away from the center of the tropical storm.
In all Tropical Storm Ivo is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain, with up to 5 inches in some areas. Swimmers and boaters could face even harsher conditions, as it’s expected to bring “life-threatening surf and rip conditions” along the coast.
Tropical Storm Ivo is the ninth named storm of the 2013 hurricane season in the Pacific. These storms are not as destructive as their Atlantic counterparts, normally remaining at sea or moving parallel to the coast, with storms only rarely coming ashore.
Though the Atlantic hurricane season is underway, there are no tropical storms or hurricanes currently moving in the Atlantic hurricane basin.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ivo could bring heavy rains to the American southwest, with the potential for flash flooding.