NASA gives Hurricane Fernanda a close-up

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On July 13 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a close-up visible-light image of Hurricane Fernanda as it continued moving west through the Eastern Pacific Ocean. On Thursday afternoon, Fernanda was located about 900 miles SSW from the southern tip of Baja California.

The storm was a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour Thursday night. But early computer models show a track toward the islands, and forecasters say now is the time to prepare.

The U.S National Hurricane Center reported that Fernanda's maximum sustained winds had increased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

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Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have forecast 5 to 8 tropical cyclones affecting the Central Pacific this hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. This is a Hurricane Fernanda information message for 3 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017. The size of this swell will be dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the system, Honolulu-based forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Fernanda Advisory #007.

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