SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- As former hurricane Odile moved northward across the Baja California peninsula, Tropical Storm Polo grew a little stronger off Mexico’s southwestern coast.
Polo had top winds of 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour at 5 p.m. New York time, up from 40, and was about 260 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
“The water is plenty warm south of Mexico, and the shear is expected to decrease during the next day or two,” a forecast analysis said. “On this basis, the NHC forecast calls for strengthening, making Polo a hurricane in about 36 hours.”
The center’s five-day track forecast brings Polo close to the southern tip of Baja California Sur, an area pounded by Odile yesterday. Odile, now a tropical storm, struck the resort city of Cabo San Lucas as the area’s strongest hurricane since 1967, leaving 30,000 tourists stranded.
Odile is forecast to break up over northern Mexico tomorrow and cause heavy rains from Southern California to western Texas, where flash flood watches are in effect. Mexico posted tropical storm watches and warnings for northern Baja California and Mexico’s northwest coast.
The threat from Polo prompted Mexico to issue additional tropical storm watches for its Pacific coastline from Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes, the hurricane center said. The area includes Manzanillo, a major resort and port city.
Winds of at least 39 mph are forecast to reach the coast by tomorrow, the center said.
Polo’s winds reach out 70 miles from its center and it forecast to move parallel to the coast for at least the next two days, the advisory said.
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