Sandra downgraded to a cat 3 and slowing down in forward speed so “her” arrival time as a tropical storm is now in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Max sustained winds 120 mph and gusts up to 150 mph are being reported. Current “forward” movement is North at 11 mph.
Mexico has officially put is under Tropical Storm watch which means that tropical storm conditions are likely within 36 hours.
We are expecting rain tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. How much and when changes throughout the day. Here is a good link to keep on hand for rain and wind probabilities: http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:00000.1.WMMSL
Sandra is now 420 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. Hurricane force winds extend 35 miles from center and tropical force winds 160 miles from center – this is important to monitor! Even if the center of this system remains offshore we could still see some weather! Enough to at least re-arrange plastic pool furniture by a few feet possible. Please refer to the official advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center for official info: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPEP2+shtml/262008.shtml?
We will now start getting advisories more frequently. For those that just want a quick update, many like to visit: http://eebmike.com/ though it’s all graphics mostly obtained from the NHC at a quick glance 🙂
For an animated view of Sandra: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/epac/rb-animated.gif