Hurricane Paul forms in the Pacific

2012-10-15 13:02

Miami - Hurricane Paul has formed in the Pacific off Mexico's coast and a tropical storm watch has been issued for a portion of Baja California.

Paul's maximum sustained winds early on Monday are near 120km/h. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the day but the US National Hurricane Centre says weakening is expected to begin by Tuesday.

The hurricane is centred about 910km southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and is moving north near 11km/h.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Rafael is expected to reach hurricane strength in the Atlantic later in the day.

Rafael's maximum sustained winds are near 110km/h. The storm is centred about 465km north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving north-northwest near 17km/h.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-10-15 16:02

    Paul? Is that a woman's name now? I thought these things were only given woman's names?

      john.labrey - 2012-10-15 16:19

      From 1978 both genders names are assigned to topical storms that have an average wind speed of 17.4 m/s or more.

  • uwe.klopfer - 2012-10-15 16:16

    and the picture is the atlantic, gulf of mexico...

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