A cluster of showers and thunderstorms off the southwestern coast of Mexico strengthened into Tropical Storm Julio on Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 km/h). As of Sunday night, however, the storm had weakened to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
As of 9 p.m. MDT Sunday, September 6th, Julio was located 260 miles (415 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. The depression had taken a turn to the west with a movement of 13 mph.
The former tropical storm developed with traces of the leftover circulation of former Hurricane Nana, which developed in the Caribbean Sea and made landfall in Belize last week.
“It’s much more common for storms to cross from the Atlantic into the East Pacific than the other way around due to prevailing steering winds out of the east and thus weaker wind shear over the region,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. “However, earlier this season, Cristobal became one rare crossover storm when it developed from what was left of the former Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named system of the 2020 East Pacific season.”
“Julio is on a path that will take it away from the southwest coast of Mexico,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
All of the rain associated with Julio will remain well offshore, but forecasters say there can be an increase in rough and dangerous surf along the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula.
Julio is expected to lose wind intensity and any tropical characteristics by the middle of the week.
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