Hurricane Otis nearing Cat 5 Strength

NOAA IR Satellite Image Hurricane Otis

Hurricane Otis is undergoing very rapid development with max winds currently at 125 kts with a min pressure of 941 mb and significant wave heights estimated 12-13 meters (40-43 feet) as it moves NNW at 7 kts. Otis is a small but powerful storm with hurricane force winds extending outward 20-25 nm and 50 knot winds outward 30-40 nm   Otis is forecast to peak near 140 kts (Cat 5) tonight, prior to landfall.  

NHC Forecast Track for Hurricane Otis


Otis is forecast to be a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane when it reaches the southern coast of Mexico late tonight or early Wednesday. Heavy rains from Otis will continue to impact areas of southwest Mexico this week.  This rainfall will produce flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…  Punta Maldonado westward to Zihuatanejo

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…  Lagunas de Chacahua to Punta Maldonado

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About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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