2019’s first major hurricane forms in the Pacific

Major Pacific Hurricane Barbara threatens no significant hazards to land areas

TROPICS VIDEO: 7-2-19 Major Pacific Hurricane Barbara reaches cat 4 strength

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - While our Atlantic hurricane season remains quiet, things have rapidly become active in the Pacific.

Hurricane Barbara intensified to become a category four major storm on Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Barbara strengthening rapidly. Satellite images show that Barbara has continued to strengthen faster than previously indicated and the maximum winds have reached 130 mph with higher gusts.
Barbara strengthening rapidly. Satellite images show that Barbara has continued to strengthen faster than previously indicated and the maximum winds have reached 130 mph with higher gusts.
Barbara strengthening rapidly. Satellite images show that Barbara has continued to strengthen faster than previously indicated and the maximum winds have reached 130 mph with higher gusts.
Barbara strengthening rapidly. Satellite images show that Barbara has continued to strengthen faster than previously indicated and the maximum winds have reached 130 mph with higher gusts.
Barbara's forecast shows it will move toward Hawaii by this weekend as it possibly weakens to a tropical storm.
Barbara's forecast shows it will move toward Hawaii by this weekend as it possibly weakens to a tropical storm.

This system was located about 1,000 miles southwest of Baja California on Tuesday morning. Barbara was moving to the west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour.

Barbara poses zero impact to South Mississippi and poses no threat to any land areas through this weekend. The forecast calls for Barbara to make a course toward Hawaii by this weekend, possibly weakening.

There are no tropical threats to South Mississippi. And the Gulf, Caribbean, and Atlantic are all expected to remain quiet for the next five days.

“Typically when the Pacific gets active, the Atlantic is quiet. And vice versa,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “The next name on the list for our hurricane season is Barry and there is no sign of Barry in sight.”

Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Pacific season uses a different set of names, including Barbara.
Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Pacific season uses a different set of names, including Barbara.

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