Hurricane season ends in just over a week, yet one of eastern Pacific’s most intense storms this year swirls over the open ocean. Kenneth strengthened to category 4 intensity this morning, becoming the strongest hurricane on record so late in the season in the eastern north Pacific.
Positioned 750 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, the storm’s maximum sustained winds are a remarkable 145 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Kenneth has likely peaked in intensity and predicts the storm to hold its own for another 12-24 hours before weakening and then dissipating. The storm is no threat to land areas.
Aside from Kenneth, only three known tropical cyclones have formed after November 18 in the eastern Pacific according to wunderground.com’s Jeff Masters.