Major Hurricane Fernanda is moving toward the west-northwest over the open waters of the eastern North Pacific Ocean. It’s centered about 1360 miles (2185 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts – a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Fernanda is forecast to remain over warm water and within a low shear environment during the next 24 hours. During that time, additional eyewall replacement cycles could occur, leading to some fluctuations in intensity. After that time, Fernanda is forecast to begin moving over cooler waters which should initiate gradual weakening.