Here we go again.
...ENRIQUE CONTINUES TO RAPIDLY INTENSIFY...
...EXPECTED TO BECOME A CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE BY SUNDAY...
* A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. Tropical storm conditions are likely occurring in the eastern portions of the warning area. These winds are expected to spread westward within the warning area tonight and through the weekend.
* A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cabo Corrientes to San Blas, Mexico. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on Sunday.
*A Hurricane Watch may be required for portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico later today.
At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Enrique was located about 230 miles (370 km) south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. It's moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn to the northwest with a gradual slowdown in forward motion is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours. On the forecast track, the core of Enrique is expected to remain offshore roughly parallel to the southwestern coast of Mexico during the next several days.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). Additional intensification is expected today, and Enrique is forecast to become a category 2 hurricane by Sunday.
Through Monday, Enrique is expected to produce total rain
accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches over Colima and coastal sections of Michoacan and Jalisco in southwest Mexico. These amounts would likely produce life- threatening flash flooding and mudslides over portions of southwestern Mexico.
Swells generated by Enrique will affect the southwestern coast of Mexico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.