Lane Makes Landfall at Mazatlan; Helene Inches Closer

September 17, 2006

(11:15 a.m.) -- Lane, a hurricane no more, aimed its three category self at Mazatlan, a major port of call on most Mexican Riviera itineraries. No damage reports are available at this time but we'll provide a Mazatlan update as soon as possible.

Helene continues to gather steam; weather forecasters say, however, that they anticipate the storm to follow the paths of Gordon and Florence, heading well east of the U.S. East Coast and definitely trawling nowhere near the Caribbean. That could be bad news for Bermuda, however; we'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, newly formed Tropical Storm Miriam (winds of 45 mph), the 13th named storm in the Eastern Pacific, is about 400 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas and is drifting slowly north and northeast. Some slow strengthening is possible in the coming days, as the system turns north and tracks west of the Baja. But for now, Miriam is of no threat to land.

In the Atlantic Basin, Hurricane Gordon continues to barely hang on the hurricane status; the storm is still no threat to land.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor