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Hurricane watchers keeping eye on Eastern Pacific

The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on two storms and another disturbance likely to organize in the Eastern Pacific.

As of 5 p.m. tonight, Hurricane Hilda was about 980 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. It was still more than 2,000 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

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The category-1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, moving to the northwest at 7 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the storm’s center.

Hilda is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Ignacio was about 435 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Tropical-storm-force-winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the storm’s center.

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Ignacio was moving to the northwest at 9 mph, according to forecasters, and is likely to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday evening.

Still in the Eastern Pacific, but closer to the Central Pacific, a low-pressure system associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression 9-E is more than 1,500 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. Forecasters say there is a 70% chance it will reorganize into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours, while the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward at 5 to 10 mph.

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