DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Felicia was located
near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 124.6 West. Felicia is moving
toward the west near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this general motion is
forecast to continue today. A slight turn toward the west-northwest
is expected tonight and Sunday, followed by a turn back toward the
west late Sunday and Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (230 km/h)
with higher gusts. Felicia is a strong category 4 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Fluctuations in intensity are
possible today, and slight weakening is forecast by the end of the
weekend. A faster rate of weakening is expected by early next week.
Felicia is a small hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward
up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force
winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK 7E
At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of newly formed Tropical
Depression Seven-E was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude
109.2 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near
17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue
today. A motion toward the west is forecast to begin by late
tonight, with that motion continuing through Tuesday. On the
forecast track, the depression will move farther away from mainland
Mexico and the Baja California peninsula over the next several days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the
depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today.