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Tropical Storm Irwin and Hurricane Hilary Strengthen in the East Pacific

Tropical Storm Irwin and Hurricane Hilary Strengthen in the East Pacific

GOES West captured this visible image of Tropical Storm Irwin (left) and Hurricane Hilary (right) in the eastern Pacific Ocean today, July 24, 2017. Both storms are strengthening and Irwin is expected to become a hurricane tonight or Tuesday (7/25). According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, Tropical storm Irwin is located about 750 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west at approximately 3 miles per hour. Irwin's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph and additional strengthening is expected within the next 48 hours. Hurricane Hilary is located about 340 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and moving toward the west-northwest at approximately 8 miles per hour. Hilary's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Continued strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Hilary is likely to become a major hurricane on Tuesday. This image was created by combining an image from band 1, or the visible band of GOES West's five-band imager, with NASA's "Blue Marble" data set. The visible band is used to monitor clouds, as well as track smoke and volcanic ash, zero-in on ice and snow cover, and locate fog and low clouds.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory