Tropical Storm Patricia Gathers Steam In Pacific

Tropical Storm Patricia

Tropical Storm Patricia

A tropical storm in mid-October? Looks like the predicted El Nino may be the real thing…meaning lots of surf and warm water for those of us in California.

As reported on MIAMI — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Patricia has strengthened out in the Pacific, hundreds of miles off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Forecasters at the Miami center said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that Patricia’s center was located 305 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California.

Patricia was moving toward the north-northwest at about 7 mph Monday. The center says maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph and more strengthening is expected in the next day or so.