Hurricane Adrian Forms Off the Coast of Mexico in the Eastern Pacific
A tropical storm that formed off the coast of Mexico rapidly intensified on Wednesday to become Hurricane Adrian, the first named storm of the hurricane season in the eastern Pacific region this year.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and was moving west at six m.p.h. Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical disturbances that have sustained winds of 39 m.p.h. are given a name. Once winds reach 74 m.p.h., a storm becomes a hurricane.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Adrian was about 395 miles southwest of the coastal city of Manzanillo in Mexico, and was moving west and away from land.
Maria Torres, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said that the system would maintain the same general direction through Thursday and that it was expected to make a turn to the west-northwest on Friday.
The hurricane did not appear to represent an immediate threat to land, she said, adding, “It’s going to be remaining over open waters.” There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect in connection to it.
But she urged…