What began as the first tropical storm of the Pacific hurricane season has since been upgraded to a category-4 hurricane.
Hurricane Amanda has grown into the most powerful May hurricane in modern history. The monstrous weather phenomenon is reported to have sustained winds of over 150 mph.
It’s quite clear that this hurricane could truly do a great deal of damage if it came ashore with that amount of power.
For now weather experts are cautiously optimistic that the brunt of Amanda’s force will not affect residents in Mexico and Baja California.
There is still a chance the hurricane can cause trouble in other ways.
Mexico’s National Meteorological Service believes that Hurricane Amanda will bring heavy rains to western and central Mexico. This could mean the region may see major flooding.
At present, the main body of Amanda is about 740 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California.
Despite featuring as May’s strongest hurricane, some meteorologists are claiming that there’s evidence that the thunderstorms near the eye of Amanda are weakening.
If Pacific coast residents are lucky, there’s a chance that Hurricane Amanda will not even be a tropical cyclone by the time it closes in on Mexico.
Here is a look at #HurricaneAmanda The strongest EVER in the Eastern Pacific in May. Not expected to make landfall. pic.twitter.com/OCom75nSXJ
— Emily Vukovic (@EmilyTWN) May 26, 2014
The hurricane season for the eastern Pacific typically runs from May until November.
Though the threat of Amanda seems overblown, the fact that the first major hurricane of the season is so powerful may mean that there’s even worse weather monsters on the way.
#HurricaneAmanda sets a record – earliest Cat.4 in Eastern Pacific, but no threat to #CA #cawx pic.twitter.com/6LMlQbtu9M
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) May 25, 2014
As for the eastern United States, it will cope with hurricanes like Amanda during a window that spans from June until November.
If you happen to live in a region of the US that is often impacted by hurricanes, it may be a good idea to make sure you “hurricane proof” your home as much as possible and keep abreast of the weather news.
As the sun rose this morning on Hurricane #Amanda, the strongest May #hurricane on record in the eastern Pacific pic.twitter.com/SWAZg4PYVr
— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) May 25, 2014
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