Eugene May Strengthen to Hurricane by Tomorrow, Forecaster Says

Tropical Storm Eugene, the fifth named storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, may strengthen to become a hurricane by tomorrow, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The storm is moving west-northwestward over open waters about 420 miles (676 kilometers) south-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, at 10 miles per hour, the center said in an advisory issued at 11 p.m. Miami time yesterday. Eugene is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, below the minimum 74-mph speed of a Category One hurricane, based on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

“Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours,” the Miami-based center said. “There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.”

A weather system becomes a tropical storm when it develops cyclone characteristics, and becomes a named storm when winds reach at least 39 mph. There is no tropical cyclone in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea currently and the next update for the Eastern Pacific will be at 5 a.m. Miami time, the hurricane center said.

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