May 25, 2014 12:43 PM by Stephen Bowers
The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season started ten days ago, and the first hurricane in the Eastern Pacific is already one for the record books.
Hurricane Amanda intensified around 3 AM MDT Sunday to a category four hurricane, and is nearing category five intensity with 155 mph winds as of 9 AM MDT. While it is still a category four, 155 mph is the upper wind threshold for category four. At its current intensity, Hurricane Amanda is the strongest hurricane on record during the month of May.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Amanda will likely remain a major hurricane through tomorrow evening with some slow weakening as the storm moves northward and over colder water. The most direct impacts for Mexico's Pacific Coast will be increasingly rough surf and large waves as the storm is likely to stay well offshore.
Increasingly warm water in the Tropical Eastern Pacific is the reason for a hurricane of such great intensity. The water is warming with the developing El Niño in the Pacific Ocean. During El Niño periods, intense hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific are more common than in other seasons.
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