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----------900 AM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017
...NORMA STRENGTHENING AND FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY TONIGHT...
 SUMMARY OF 900 AM MDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...18.7N 109.7W ABOUT 85 MI...135 KM E OF SOCORRO ISLAND ABOUT 290 MI...465 KM S OF CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 2 MPH...4 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.42 INCHES
 WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Interests in Baja California Sur should monitor the progress of Norma.  A Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch could be required later today for portions of the peninsula.
 DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 900 AM MDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Norma was located near latitude 18.7 North, longitude 109.7 West.  Norma is moving toward the north-northwest near 2 mph (4 km/h), and this slow motion is expected to continue through early Saturday.  A faster northward motion should begin by early Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.  Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Norma is expected to become a hurricane by tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).
 HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- SURF:  Swells generated by Norma will begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and Baja California Sur this weekend.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.
 NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next complete advisory at 300 PM MDT.
$$ Forecaster Berg
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