Tropical Storm Kristy is blowing 50 mph winds as it headed gradually toward the coast of Mexico, and though its path is expected to take it away from the coast the storm is still managing to drench the coast with rain.
The storm was producing tropical storm winds as far as 80 miles from its center, UPI reported. It is expected to get even stronger in the coming days, the report noted.
Not all forecasts have Tropical Storm Kristy avoiding land, The Associated Press noted. If the storm deviates north it is headed for a direct hit with the southern tip of Baja California.
The storm was still about 380 miles to the south-southeast of the southernmost tip of California on Wednesday evening as its winds increased to close to 45 mph, The Associated Press reported.
While Tropical Storm Kristy was gaining strength in the Pacific, another was nearing hurricane levels in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Nadine has reached winds of 70 mph and the National Hurricane Center in Miami said it would soon reach hurricane levels. The storm was still far enough at sea that no coastal watches or warnings were needed, forecasters noted.
Even if Tropical Storm Kristy were to reach hurricane levels, there would still be little reason for Californians to worry, LiveScience.com noted. Only one hurricane has ever struck California, and that happened back in 1858. The oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Pacific basin actually send hurricanes away from land, the opposite of conditions in the Atlantic which send them hurtling toward land.