Eastern North Pacific Tropical Depression Eighteen-E continues to move westward far away from land. It’s centered about 1580 miles (2545 km) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii. It’s moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. After that time, a turn toward the north and then northeast is predicted when the system becomes embedded in the flow ahead of a large trough.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening during the next 48 hours is forecast, and the depression could become a tropical storm by tonight – and a hurricane sometime during the weekend. The next name on the eastern North Pacific list is “Nora”.
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