Los Cabos, Mexico – Tropical Storm Dolores continues to gain strength and is expected to generate hurricane status during the week.
Tropical depression Five-E formed Saturday morning and by Sunday morning, had strengthened into Tropical Storm Dolores.
On Monday, Dolores was recorded has having sustained winds of 110 kph (70 mph). Located just off the Pacific Cost, the tropical storm is currently located about 200 miles southwest of Manzanillo, moving west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
A tropical storm watch was put into effect from Lazaro Cardenas to Punta San Telmo early Monday. However, weather forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami are predicting additional strengthening of Dolores, turning into a hurricane later on Monday and possibly a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale) toward the end of the week.
The Weather channel’s Meteorologist, Ari Sarsalari, says that over the next few days, the system is expected to make its way west-northwest, pulling away from the coast of Mexico. He explains that the wind field of the storm is so large that tropical storm-like winds could likely be felt along the west coast of Baja California and causing major rip currents.
Mexico’s southern coast from Oaxaca to Nayarit will experience heavy rainfall as the outer rainbands lash the coast. High surf and rip currents are expected. According to Mexico’s National Meteorological Service (SMN), waves of 10 to 13 feet (3 to 4 meters) are expected along the coast of the states of Jalisco, Colima, Guerrero and Michoacan.
Tropical Storm Enrique continues to churn far from land, about 1,915 kms (1,1190 miles) with sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph) and poses no threat as it slowly moves west-southwest. The western Pacific is also active with Halola and Nangka currently in the basin.