Hurricane Miriam Strengthens To Category 2: Are You At Risk?

By Amir Khan on September 24, 2012 9:38 AM EDT

Hurricane Miriam
The projected path of Hurricane Miriam (Photo: Weather Underground)

Hurricane Miriam formed in the Eastern Pacific ocean this weekend, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The organization said on Saturday that the storm will likely turn into a full-fledged hurricane by Monday, but the storm beat the prediction and is now a Category 2 storm.

Hurricane Miriam is centered approximately 415 miles southeast of Baja California. The storm currently has sustained winds blowing at 105 miles per hour, with gust up to 125 miles per hour -- putting it firmly in the Category 2 range, with potential to increase to a Category 3.

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The storm is expected to head slightly further northwest before taking a turn and heading back towards Baja California, but experts said that barring any unforeseen movement, the storm should not pose a threat.

The storm is currently moving northwest at 12 mph, but experts say that the U.S. is not at risk from the storm. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm should miss the country.

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