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Hurricane John absorbs tropical cyclone Ileana in Pacific

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported that Hurricane John in the Pacific is now a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h and gusts of 205 km/h.

In its most recent report, the meteorological service explained that the cloud bands of Hurricane John have absorbed tropical cyclone Ileana due to the Fujiwhara effect, which occurs when two nearby cyclonic vortices orbit each other and close the distance between the circulations of their corresponding low-pressure areas.

The service says that Hurricane John has been located a couple of hundred miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, while new Tropical Storm Kristy has been mapped at more than 1,000 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

They say Hurricane John will generate very strong storms in regions of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán with gusts of up to 60 km/h and waves of two to four meters. As a result, boat ports in Los Cabos have been closed with authorities suspending navigation and all types of water activities in beach areas of the region.

Carlos Godínez León, head of Civil Protection, says that they are preventive measures because although the Hurricane John is located about 470 kilometers south of Cabo San Lucas, it is expected to maintain its displacement parallel to the peninsula of Baja California.

On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Ileana passed by the state of Guerrero killing four. The storm, which has now joined Hurricane John, has been downgraded to a tropical cyclone.