A powerful hurricane named Kenneth, has formed in the Pacific ocean and is headed towards Mexican and US West coast, prompting authorities to start with preparations. The hurricane rapidly grew into a major storm and is expected to gain even more power before it reaches American and Mexican coastline.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Kenneth was a Category 3 hurricane by Sunday night, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). It said the storm could intensify a bit more over the next day but should begin weakening by late Monday or early Tuesday.
So far, the hurricane posed no threat to land, with its center about 1,315 miles (2,115 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. It was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph) over the open sea, and was forecast to make a gradual turn to a northward track during the next two days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km), while tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center of Kenneth.
Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey were moving across the Caribbean Sea and the hurricane center said there was some chance it could regain tropical storm force in the next few days before reaching Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
A tropical wave emerged off the western coast of Africa on May 18 and entered the East Pacific about a week later, where steady organization led to the formation of a tropical depression around 12:00 UTC on May 31.
In addition to strong winds and rain, tropical cyclones are capable of generating high waves, damaging storm surge, and tornadoes. They typically weaken rapidly over land where they are cut off from their primary energy source. For this reason, coastal regions are particularly vulnerable to damage from a tropical cyclone as compared to inland regions.