Tropical Update 2013: TS Alvin Forms In EPAC But No Major Threat

By: hurricaneben , 12:05 AM GMT on May 16, 2013

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Tropical Storm Alvin has formed in the Eastern Pacific basin, with winds around 40 MPH. Due to relatively high SSTs and lower shear ahead of Alvin, rather swift intensification may bring it up to hurricane status as early as Friday AM and there is a decent chance of it nearing CAT II status towards the weekend. Fortunately there is no immediate direct threat to land--high surf and rip currents may be somewhat of a threat for swimmers along the Pacific Mexican coastline and potentially Baja California but at this time should be about the extent of any impacts felt outside of shipping interests.
There is also Tropical Cyclone Mahasen, with winds around 55 MPH, which may bring significant impacts such as flooding rainfall, high winds and a potentially damaging storm surge to Bangladesh and Myanmar as it makes landfall sometime tomorrow with 55-65 MPH winds. 15 of the 20 deadliest tropical cyclones have originated in the Indian Ocean so things look rather concerning considering the size and location of Mahasen--definitely something worth noting at the very least despite the fact that I rarely focus on such regions.

I will have an update tomorrow on Alvin and possibly Mahasen, thanks for reading.

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