By Jeff King
And Marie makes three. The busier than average 2014 Pacific hurricane season gave birth to the planet’s newest major storm – which is forecast to become a major hurricane in just a few days. She trails Tropical Storm Lowell and Hurricane Karina by about 1,200 miles.
Tropical Storm Marie first appeared on radar Wednesday in the area of the eastern Pacific that commonly spawns major storms. As of 5 a.m. today, Marie was strengthening quickly while moving toward the west northwest at 14 mph. Wind speeds have already passed the marker for tropical storms. She’s blowing more than 50 mph. Her current forecast track shows that Marie will survive as a major hurricane while paralleling the West coast of Mexico and California by about 1,000 miles.
Karina has strengthened into a hurricane while moving northeastward. Forecasters say she will likely make another turn to the west before dissipating over cooler waters. Lowell has weakened slightly and is now a tropical storm. At some point around the middle of next week, all three storms are expected to be in the same zone – about 1,000 mile northeast of Hawai’i. None, meteorologists say, poses a threat to Hawai’i.