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Pacific Hurricanes make history

August 31, 2015 by Sam Smith

Pacific satellite image

Currently, there are 5 active tropical systems; two in the Atlantic Ocean and three in the Pacific Ocean.

Tropical Storm Erika has weakened considerably and is now dropping heavy rains over Florida, which has prepared for flooding throughout the state. The storm caused significant flooding and damage, along with 20 deaths as it passed over the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Tropical storm Fred is in the Eastern Atlantic with winds of 60 knots (70 mph). Forecasters believe it might weaken as it moves into the central Altantic. The storm is moving northwest at 13 knots (15 mph).

In the Pacific, there were three category 4 hurricanes. This is the first time in history that this is known to have happened. They are lined up southeast to northwest, with Kilo leading the way. It is located in the central Pacific. Peak sustained winds were 118 knots (135 mph).

Next is Ignacio. It is expected to pass north of the Hawaiian Islands Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1st and 2nd. It currently has sustained winds of 100 knots (115 mph) with gusts to 120 knots (140 mph). It is expected to weaken as it moves northwest.

Jimena is close behind, packing sustained winds of 130 knots (150 mph) with gusts to 160 knots (185 mph). It is expected to track farther north than Ignacio but is forecast to maintain hurricane-force winds into the weekend.

Kilo and Ignacio had weakened to category 3 storms by Monday morning August 31.

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