First Hurricane of Pacific Season Headed for Central America

May 19, 2005
Make way for Hurricane Adrian -- the first storm system of the 2005 Pacific hurricane season is expected to strike the Guatemala-El Salvador border this afternoon. This news comes just three days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for both the Pacific and Atlantic hurricane seasons, and less than a week after the official start of the Pacific hurricane season.

The governments of Guatemala and El Salvador have issued a hurricane warning for the Pacific Coast of Guatemala from Spicate eastward to the El Salvator-Honduras border. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Pacific coast of Honduras and for Guatemala from Spicate westward to the Mexican border. Winds of 75 miles per hour have already been recorded in El Savador.

At this point, cruisers have little to worry about. Carnival Valor, which called in Roatan (Honduras) yesterday, is already out of harm's way, and other cruise lines we contacted have informed us that at this time, they do not have ships in the area (mostly because Panama Canal/Central American itineraries are less common this time of year). However, a Carnival spokeswoman tells us that the line will be keeping a close eye on the storm, which is predicted to move eventually into the Caribbean as a tropical depression.

A below-normal hurricane season is expected in the Eastern and Central Pacific, in contrast to a grim forecast in the Atlantic; the Atlantic season officially starts on June 1.