NHC upgrades Tropical Depression Four-E to Tropical Storm Carlos

Saturday, July 11, 2009

NOAA five-day forecast map

The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) has upgraded Tropical Depression Four-E to tropical storm status. The storm, now officially Tropical Storm Carlos, is the third named storm of the 2009 hurricane season.

The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, with slightly higher gusts. Carlos is located about 910 miles south-southwest of Baja California, Mexico, and is currently tracking west at 14 miles per hour. Minimum barometric pressure is 1005 millibars.

A fairly small and well-organized storm, Carlos is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it continues westward, the NHC reports.