Hurricane Cristina weakens to Category 2 storm in Eastern Pacific
Hurricane Cristina weakened overnight but remains a Category 2 storm as it churns in the Eastern Pacific, nearly 300 miles off the west coast of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Hurricane Cristina is moving toward the northwest around 8 mph, according to the center. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are around 100 mph with higher gusts.
Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours with Cristina possibly being downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday.
No tropical cyclones are expected to form within the Central North Pacific Basin through Sunday morning, according to forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Oahu. The Central North Pacific Basin is located between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Dateline.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center officials predicted four to seven tropical cyclones this year in the Central North Pacific Basin. Overall, they give this season an 80 percent chance for a normal to above average number of tropical storms to form.
The Central Pacific hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.