Raymond Far From Land, Could Become Hurricane Again

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
October 25, 2013; 10:04 AM ET
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After hovering just off the southwest coast of Mexico for a couple of days early this week, Raymond is finally heading out to sea over the Pacific.

Raymond delivered heavy rain and significant flooding to part of the west coast of Mexico from this past weekend into Wednesday morning.

Raymond will not have any impacts on the United States.

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After being nearly stationary for a couple of days, the system continued to move away from the coast on a westerly path Friday.

Since Saturday, Acapulco has received 11.14 inches of rain, most of which fell on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, authorities moved hundreds of people from mountain communities and low-lying areas.

This substantial rainfall from Raymond comes just a little over a month after Tropical Storm Manuel dumped over 10 inches of rain on the city.

NASA's Terra satellite flew over Raymond on Oct. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT and saw clouds associated with Raymond's northern quadrant were streaming over mainland Mexico, despite the center being over open water. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

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This tropical system first began as a tropical depression early on Saturday night before strengthening to tropical storm status early on Sunday morning. By Sunday evening, it had gained hurricane status, and by early Monday morning, it was upgraded to a Category 3 storm.

Tuesday, Raymond weakened to Category 2 status, then category 1. Raymond lost hurricane status Wednesday morning when it became a tropical storm.

It has since remained a tropical storm but is expected to re-strengthen to a weak hurricane over the weekend. It is not expected to keep this status very long however.


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