Kiko weakens to a tropical storm as 2 more systems form in the Eastern Pacific

Kiko weakens to a tropical storm as 2 more systems form in the Eastern Pacific
Satellite imagery shows tropical storms Kiko (center), Mario (the area of clouds to Kiko's right) and Lorena (off the Mexican coast). (Source: NOAA)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kiko has been downgraded to a tropical storm in the eastern North Pacific, but still has the potential to briefly restrengthen into a hurricane in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center also began tracking two new tropical storms off the southwest coast of Mexico, Mario and Lorena.

Forecasters said at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Kiko had maximum sustained winds near 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.

It was was centered about 1,970 miles east of Hilo and was moving to the west-southwest at 5 miles per hour.

Tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 60 miles.

Forecasters expect little change in strength over the next few days, but it could restrengthen into a hurricane Friday as it moves back into an area of warmer sea surface temperatures and reduced shear.

It is too early to tell if it will have any impacts on the Hawaiian islands.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Mario is centered about 735 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. It is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Friday. It is also too soon to say if there will be any effects on Hawaii’s weather.

Tropical Storm Lorena was moving northwest, close to the southern coast of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. It is more of a threat of the Mexican coastline, where tropical storm warnings have been posted.

It’s also been busy in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center is tracking large Hurricane Humberto, which is tracking toward Bermuda, where a hurricane warning is in effect. Tropical Depression Imelda moved ashore in southeast Texas, bringing heavy rains and life-threatening flooding to the area. Tropical Depression Ten is forecast to become a hurricane and is on a path that could take it toward the already storm-battered Bahamas.

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