Drought news: Miriam (Pacific hurricane) send us your moisture

From the Associated Press via Boston.com:

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Miriam is packing top sustained winds of 120 mph (165 kph), making it what’s classified as a major hurricane.

The hurricane formed a day earlier in the eastern Pacific and was centered about 410 miles (655 kms) south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula.

The center says Miriam was moving northwest at 12 mph (19 kph). No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but swells will hit Baja’s southern and western shore during the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Horsetooth Reservoir is back on the rise, according to Bobby Magill writing for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Here’s an excerpt:

Since the middle of last week, Horsetooth Reservoir has risen more than two feet. Water officials have stopped filling Carter Lake and are sending water being pumped to the Front Range from the Western Slope directly into Horsetooth Reservoir, which is expected to continue rising slowly for the foreseeable future. “We hope to fill it by next spring,” said Brian Werner, spokesman for Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The reservoir is one of two primary sources of drinking water for the city of Fort Collins.

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