Karina continues to weaken in Eastern Pacific
Karina remains a tropical depression Monday, National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said.
At 5 p.m. Monday, Karina was located about 1,195 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph with higher gusts and moving toward the east at 5 mph, forecasters said. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Karina will likely be downgraded to a remnant low on Tuesday.
After becoming a remnant low, forecasters say Karina will be absorbed by Hurricane Marie. Karina should fully dissipate within 48 hours.
National Hurricane Center officials in May predicted 14 to 20 named storms and seven to 11 hurricanes — including three to six major hurricanes — to form this year in the Eastern Pacific Basin. Overall, they gave the 2014 season a 50 percent chance of being above normal, 40 percent chance of being near-normal and a 10 percent chance of being below normal.
The Eastern Pacific averages 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes each year, according to the center.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15 and ends Nov. 30.