( *Update: Eugene became a Category Three hurricane on Wednesday, with sustained winds at 125 mph.)
At 2 p.m. Eugene was located 400 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo and boasted maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is tracking to the northwest and it does not appear as though it will make landfall or pose a threat to residents on land.
If it stays on its projected path, it will steer well clear of Cabo San Lucas on the tip of Baja California, unlike its predecessor Dora. Eugene appears to be tracking far enough from Baja that the parched peninsula might not receive significant rainfall.
However, Eugene is expected to generate large waves in the Cabo San Lucas area and farther north along the peninsula's west coast, which will delight surfers. The new swell could begin to arrive as early as Wednesday and last into the weekend. Eugene is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Thursday.
-- Image is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center