First 2011 Hurricane Forms Off Mexico

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The first hurricane of the 2011 season has formed over the Pacific Ocean near the western coast of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Adrian has sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers an hour and could grow stronger in the next two days.

Forecasters say if the hurricane remains on its current path, it will not make landfall in Mexico. However, if the hurricane's trajectory deviates even slightly to the east, it could bring tropical storm conditions — including heavy rains and strong winds — to the coast Thursday and Friday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said in a recent report this could be an “above-average” hurricane season, with as many as 6 to 10 hurricanes.