Hurricane Felicia Grows to Category 3, May Swallow TS Enrique
Hurricane Felicia, near California, has become a category 3 major storm as of Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
According to the US National Hurricane Centre, Hurricane Felicia is reaching wind speeds up to 185-205 kilometers per hour (125 mph), centered approximately 2,200 kilometres west-southwest of the Baja Peninsula. There are reports that Hurricane Felicia will swallow tropical storm Enrique, which has sustained maximum wind speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.
Forecasts say the hurricane may become category 4 by Wednesday night Hawaii time, but weaken over the next several days, to tropical storm or weak hurricane as it approaches the Hawaiian islands and continues west.
Forecasters say a more westerly track is expected by days 3 through 5 (Thursday through Saturday) as this trough moves inland across the contiguous United States and is replaced by a mid-level high currently centered north of the Hawaiian Islands.