Barbara becomes a Hurricane, expected to strengthen to a Major Hurricane on Tuesday

At 11:00 AM HST, the center of Hurricane Barbara was located about 970 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja, California. Barbara is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h), and a gradual turn to the west-northwest along with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Barbara is expected to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane on Tuesday. A weakening trend is expected to begin by Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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