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Tropical Depression Karina expected to weaken

August 26, 2014 - 1:08pm

Tropical Depression Karina continues to pack 30 mph winds Tuesday afternoon, National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said. The storm is expected to dissipate by Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Karina was located about 1,215 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, packing maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and moving toward the south-southeast at 5 mph, forecasters said. Although little change in strength is expected during the coming 48 hours, forecasters said Karina will likely degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Thursday.

Karina is now the seventh-longest-lasting tropical cyclone in the Eastern North Pacific basin during the satellite era, according to the center.

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.

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