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Rachel to Spare Baja California

Tropical Storm Rachel is slowly gaining strength off the west coast of Mexico and will slowly near Baja California over the next several days.

Even though Rachel will track closer to the Mexican state over the coming days, it is forecast to stay well out to sea, having minimal impacts to land.

This is good news for those still cleaning up from the devastating Hurricane Odile after it made landfall directly over the southern tip of Baja California earlier in the month.

Although the center of Rachel and its associated rainfall will stay over the open waters of the Pacific, the western coast of Baja California Sur should still expect some impacts in the form of rough seas.

Residents and vacationers heading to the ocean along the west coast of the state should expect larger waves and a heightened risk of rip currents.

These impacts will pale in comparison to what was brought by Hurricane Odile earlier in September. When Odile made landfall on Sept. 14, it tied the record as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Baja California Sur during the satellite era.

The impacts from Rachel will lessen heading into the upcoming week as the system weakens. After Monday, Rachel is forecast to stop its northward movement and slowly begin to drift to the south and west.

Tropical Storm Rachel is currently the only organized tropical system in either the eastern Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, but may be joined by another system in the eastern Pacific.

An area of disturbed weather just off the southwest coast of Mexico is being monitored for tropical development and may become a tropical storm or depression as soon as the start of this week.

Even if this disturbance does not develop, it may still deliver heavy rain to areas near the coast of Mexico, including the cities of Acapulco, Tecpan and Zihuatanejo.