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Hurricane Fabio to produce dangerous beach conditions in Mexico, US

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Fabio, located several hundred miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

The tropical storm developed into a hurricane early Monday. Although it remains a Category 1 hurricane, Jonathan Erdman of says Hurricane Fabio is expected to intensify into a major hurricane, the third of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

Although Hurricane Fabio is no direct threat to land, it could reach Category 3 status by Tuesday or Wednesday. According to FOX 5 meteorologist Chrissy Russo, the storm will bring dangerous swimming conditions to San Diego beaches later this week.

She says waves could come in at 6 to 8 feet high along San Diego beaches and 10 to 12 feet in Orange County.

Erdman says Fabio will produce some larger swells that will affect the Pacific beaches of Mexico, particularly the Baja Peninsula, as well as some Southern California beaches.

The southerly swells will reach south-facing beaches of Southern California beginning Wednesday evening, continuing through Friday morning. Pounding surf, coastal flooding of normally dry beach areas such as parking lots, and life-threatening rip currents are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach reports on Sunday, Fabio became the earliest sixth eastern Pacific named storm on record, topping the previous earliest “F” storm by two days.

Fabio is currently more than 600 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the eastern Pacific Ocean.