Andres turned up the heat and reached Cat 4 strength while we at dinner tonight. Here is info from Dr. Jeff Masters blog at Weather Underground.
"Hurricane Andres became only the fifth major May hurricane on record in the Northeast Pacific on Sunday, when it intensified into a 125 mph Category 3 storm in the waters about 800 miles southwest of the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Its unexpected intensification continued Sunday evening, with Andres reaching Category 4 strength with 140 mph winds at 11 pm EDT. According to the database of Eastern Pacific storms maintained by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, Andres' emergence as a major hurricane at longitude 118.8°W marks the farthest west a major hurricane has been in the Northeast Pacific in May in the 45 years since accurate satellite records began in 1970, and comes well before the usual July 19 formation date of the first major hurricane of the Northeast Pacific hurricane season."
In the meantime Tropical Depression Two-E has come up this afternoon forming to the SE of Andres. More from Dr. Masters.
"Hurricane Andres now has a companion--Tropical Depression 2-E, which formed Sunday afternoon about 380 miles SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. ... Andres and TD 2-E are the first salvos in what is likely to be a very busy Northeast Pacific hurricane season. NOAA's pre-season prediction for the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, issued on May 27, calls for 15 - 22 named storms, 7 - 12 hurricanes, 5 - 8 major hurricanes. The mid-point of these ranges gives us a forecast for 18.5 named storms, 9.5 hurricanes, and 6.5 major hurricanes."
TD Two-E is predicted to spin up as a Cat 2 storm early next week, possibly hitting the south western coast of Mexico. To soon to be sure but may also bring some rain to Alamos the following week.
Check out Dr. Masters blog for the complete discussion and see the photo of Andres from this afternoon. After somewhat of a raggedy start Andres has become a very handsome storm, muy guapo. It is unusual for Dr. Masters to blog so early about our Pacific Hurricanes, I think Andres got his attention. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3002
More on TD Two-E tomorrow,
The Weather Guy