Hurricane Hilary churns up surf, far from land

September 26, 2011 - 11:10 AM
NOAA CARIBBEAN

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Ophelia moving toward the west near 9 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph and higher gusts. Meanwhile, dense cloud cover in the southern Caribbean Sea and Central America as scattered moderate to strong convective active develops due to the proximity of the monsoon trough. The monsoon trough extends from northern Colombia to Costa Rica. Additional showers and thunderstorms are visible in Puerto Rico and near Jamaica. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Hilary continues to kick up rough surf and rip currents along the coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday that Hilary remained a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph (205 kph).

The center says Hilary is a small hurricane centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Forecasters say the storm was moving west at 10 mph (16 kph).

Hilary is forecast to turn toward the northwest and generally is expected to weaken in the coming days. It currently is not expected to make landfall.

Meanwhile, Ophelia was now a remnant after becoming disorganized out in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Philippe also was swirling in the Atlantic and is not expected to reach land.