Hurricane Adrian ushers in the 2011 hurricane season as the first tropical storm-turned-hurricane steps into the ring with winds rising over 75 MPH in the Eastern Pacific. The storm is expected to intensify over the next two days, causing dangerous swells and riptides along the western coast of Mexico.
Just a few weeks into the start of the season, Adrian quickly evolved from a tropical depression into a Pacific cyclone which is being closely monitored by NOAA.
The watchdog agency predicts that the storm will stay away from the Mexican coast and dissipate in the ocean. But there's a fair chance of the storm tracking right towards landfall.
The next 24 hours are the crucial period that will determine how much potential for damage the storm may actually have.
In the meantime, a tropical storm watch is in effect from Acapulco to Punta San Telmo along the western coast. That means tropical storm conditions are expected within that area and could escalate into cyclone conditions within the next 48 hours.
The area is a very popular tourist destination with lots of beach resorts and hotels. Hopefully, everyone in the area will be prepared in case the worst happens. Last year, hurricanes killed at least three people in southwestern Mexico.
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