Major Pacific storm with winds of 120 mph expected to weaken before reaching Baja coast
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the strongest hurricanes of the year has formed in the eastern Pacific and could affect the weather in the southwestern U.S. late in the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Miriam, southwest of the Baja Peninsula, is generating sustained winds of 120 mph and could strengthen a bit more in the next couple of days before weakening as it encounters strong winds from the west.
The storm is forecast to track northward, and even northeastward, which would put the system on track for a landfall along the Baja coast next weekend or early next week, potentially with tropical storm force winds.
Miriam’s outflow is already streaming over the southern tip of Baja. No coastal watches or warning have been issued for the storm, but the system will likely soon pump up the surf along the Baja Coast.
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