Tropically speaking Celia is in the Major Leagues. She’s now a Category Three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and classified as the Eastern Pacific’s first major hurricane. That’s quite a “batting average” for also being that season’s first hurricane. The other storms that formed before her in the Eastern Pacific didn’t make it to hurricane status.
Both Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, GOES-11 (west) and GOES-13 (east) captured visible images of Hurricane Celia and Tropical Storm Darby in the Eastern Pacific on June 23, and Celia’s eye was visible in them.
At 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on June 24, Hurricane Celia’s maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph (185 km/hr) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km).