Tropical storm Odalys formed this Thursday in the Mexican Pacific, far from the coast, without causing any damage and in the opposite direction to Mexican territory, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported.
“The center of tropical storm Odalys moves over the Pacific Ocean and continues to move away from Mexican coasts. It is kept under surveillance,” the SMN reported in its most recent report.
Forecasts estimate that Odalys will remain a tropical storm until this Friday afternoon, in Mexico City time, and then it will move towards the northwest, but away from the Mexican Pacific coast.
The closest points in Mexico to the phenomenon are Socorro Island, belonging to the state of Colima, which has the storm 1,265 kilometers to the west; and the coast of Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur, which is 1,445 kilometers from Odalys.
The phenomenon currently presents maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour, gusts of 100 kilometers per hour and displacement towards the northwest at 11 kilometers per hour, the SMN detailed in its notice.
To date, the tropical storms Amanda, Boris, Cristina, Fausto, Hernan, Iselle, Julio, Karina, Lowell and Norbert have formed in the Pacific, and hurricanes Douglas (intensity 3-5), Elida (intensity 1-2 ), Genevieve (4) and Marie (4) on the Saffir Simpson scale.
Of these, Genevieve has been the most disastrous so far, leaving six dead and damaging tourist areas in the Mexican Pacific.
Meteorological authorities forecast between 15 and 18 cyclones for the Pacific this season, of which between seven and eight would be tropical storms and eight to 10 would hit hurricane winds, with half of them above Saffir category 2 Simpson.
In the 2019 season, 33 events of this type were recorded, 19 in the Pacific and 14 in the Atlantic, according to data from the National Meteorological Service.
The tropical cyclone season begins each year on May 15 in the Pacific and in the Atlantic on June 1, ending for both areas on November 30.