Hurricane Marie is becoming a relatively rare occurrence as a storm in the South Pacific that may affect latitudes north of South and Central America. Headed west-northwest, Hurricane Marie is currently a Category 4 weather event, with wind speeds over 150 miles per hour. These winds are expected to slow to 105 mph by Tuesday evening and then continue slowing, reaching about 30 mph as Hurricane Marie continues northwest towards an area of ocean roughly at the latitude of the Bay Area of California.
Forecasts warn that the storm will create rough seas and likely dangerous beach conditions throughout Baja and Southern California. This includes large swells and rip currents along with rough surf and some coastal flooding as a result.
These advisories come after Hurricane Marie was upgraded from a tropical storm on Saturday, as reported at several news outlets including NDTV with further Hurricane Marie updates then coming from AccuWeather.
It’s likely that storm surfs will reach Hawaii as well, though not as dangerously as they have Mexico, Baja, and California. West Hawaii Today tracks Hurricane Marie as slowing and only lightly affecting Hawaiian surf as of Sunday afternoon.
Storm trackers began watching Marie late last week, adding it to a tropical storm alert and then upgrading it to named Hurricane status on Saturday morning. This makes Hurricane Marie the 13th named storm in what has become a busy eastern Pacific hurricane season. When winds increased to 160 mph, it became a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
The projected path for Hurricane Marie keeps it away from most land masses, tracking west-northwest many miles out from the continental coast. It’s forecast that Hurricane Marie will reach a point parallel to the California coast Tuesday or early Wednesday as it spreads more widely and loses power.
By Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Marie will probably be nothing more than a windy storm, with winds expected to die down to 40 mph Thursday night and into Friday, where they’ll drop to about 30 by the time Marie reaches a point parallel to South-Central California.
Although forecasts can change, of course, Hurricane Marie is not expected to create serious property damage or loss of life, though, again, beach goers are warned to beware of rough, choppy surf, rip currents, and some coastal flooding.
Two other systems are being tracked over the eastern Pacific Ocean as well. Tropical Storm Karina and Tropical Storm Lowell, which was just downgraded to non-tropical and just an advisory event. These have added to rough surf and waves in parts of Mexico this weekend, aiding the impact of Hurricane Marie as it passes.