Tropical Storm Darby has strengthened into a hurricane and continues to churn with Hurricane Celia in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
As of 2 p.m. PDT, the center of Darby was located roughly 250 miles south-southwest of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. The storm was moving to the west-northwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds had increased to 80 mph.
Instead of heading out to sea like its predecessors Blas and Celia, Darby should continue on its west-northwestward track off the Mexican coast over the next few days. Darby was able to become a hurricane Thursday morning as it churned over very warm water and in an environment with little wind shear (strong winds high in the atmosphere).
AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be monitoring the possibility that Darby curves northward and threatens Mexico next week. If this scenario pans out, Darby would likely weaken before reaching the coast due to an increase in wind shear.
Celia strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, as of 2 p.m. PDT, with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph.
Celia is centered about 765 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California. The storm will pose no danger to land as it heads westward this week.
Over the weekend, Celia will move over cooler water and weaken.
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96 degrees on the 23rd; 39 degrees on the morning of the 24th.
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