Tropical Storm Max intensified rapidly into a hurricane on Thursday morning. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Hurricane Max was located at latitude 16.3°N and longitude 99.9°W which put it about 40 miles (65 km/h) south of Acapulco, Mexico. Max was moving toward the east at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 80 m.p.h. (130 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 95 m.p.h. (155 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 988 mb.
A Hurricane Warning was in effect for the portion of the coast from Zihuatenajo to Punta Maldonado, Mexico. A Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for the portion of the coast from Punta Maldonado to Laguas de Chacahua, Mexico.
The circulation of Hurriane Max is quite small. Winds to hurricane force only extend out about 15 miles (25 km) from the center of circulation. Winds to tropical storm force extend out about 50 miles (80 km) from the center. Although the circulation of Hurricane Max is small, it is very well organized. There is a small circular eye at the center of circulation. The eye is surrounded by a ring of strong thunderstorms and the strongest winds are occurring in that ring of storms.
The center of Hurricane Max is very close to the coast of Mexico. The outer fringes of the northwestern part of the circulation could already be pulling in some drier air. Max will make landfall on the coast of Mexico within a few hours and it will start to dissipate as soon as the center make landfall.
The core of Hurricane Max will be capable of causing localized wind damage. Max will also drop very heavy rain over parts of the states or Guerrero and Oaxaca and flash floods could occur in some areas of steeper terrain.
Elsewhere over the Eastern North Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Norma formed to the west of Hurricane Max. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Storm Norma was located at latitude 17.2°N and longitude 109.5°W which put it about 395 miles (635 km) south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Norma was moving toward the north at 5 m.p.h. (8 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1004 mb. Tropical Storm Norma is forecast to strengthen and move toward Baja California. Normal could be a hurricane when it approaches southern Baja California in a few days.