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Tropical Storm Erick Paralleling Baja California Coast

UPDATED 5 PM PDT, July 8, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Tropical Storm Erick is slowly pulling away from the southern Baja California peninsula. Wind and rain still remain a threat until Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. PDT, Tropical Storm Erick was located near 22.9 N and 111.1 W, or 75 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Its maximum sustained winds remain at 45 mph, with its central pressure at 1001 mb, or 29.56 inches. It is currently moving northwest at 10 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 60 miles from its center.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the southern end of the Baja California peninsula from Santa Fe to La Paz.

Erick is making its final approach to the southern Baja California peninsula today. It will then turn northwest away from land early Tuesday. Although its winds will continue to diminish, its outer bands will produce 1 to 3 inches of rain on the southern end of the Baja California peninsula.

A more hostile environment of dry air and cooler water will weaken the storm to a depression early Tuesday before losing its tropical characteristics later Tuesday afternoon as it moves into the open Pacific. It will likely dissipate by midweek.

In an average Eastern Pacific season, 15 to 16 named storms form, and this season is already ahead of schedule. Last year got off to a busy start early in the season as well. Tropical Storm Aletta formed prior to the official season start date on May 15.

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