Spain offers to take migrant ship amid Italy-malta stand­off

StarMetro Halifax - - WORLD - THE WASH­ING­TON POST

Spain stepped up Mon­day and of­fered to take in a res­cue ship car­ry­ing more than 600 mi­grants af­ter Italy and Malta re­fused. The diplo­matic stand­off had left the mi­grants stranded at sea and re­vealed the brass-knuck­led ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics of Italy’s new an­ti­im­mi­grant gov­ern­ment.

Italy and Malta thanked Spain’s new prime min­is­ter for the of­fer to re­ceive the SOS Mediter­ra­nee res­cue ship Aquar­ius. But it wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if such a voy­age was fea­si­ble given the dis­tances involved. The UN refugee agency, the Euro­pean Union, and hu­man­i­tar­ian groups de­manded that the coun­tries put their pol­i­tics aside and con­sider the plight of the mi­grants, which in­cluded chil­dren and preg­nant women. Hur­ri­cane Bud strength­ened into a cat­e­gory three storm in the Pa­cific off the Mex­i­can coast, but was still ex­pected to re­main off­shore, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said. The East­ern Pa­cific hur­ri­cane sea­son is off to a tor­rid start. Back-to-back storms, first Aletta and now, Bud, have rapidly in­ten­si­fied, trans­form­ing from trop­i­cal storms to ma­jor hur­ri­canes in just a day’s time.

On June 9, Hur­ri­cane Aletta reached Cat­e­gory 4 strength, with peak winds of 140 mph, only 24 hours af­ter it was a mere trop­i­cal storm with 70 mph winds. That storm has since dis­si­pated to a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion.

But now Bud has blown up. Just a trop­i­cal storm with 65 mph winds Sun­day morn­ing, it is now a Cat­e­gory 3 hur­ri­cane on the Saf­fir­simp­son scale, pack­ing 120 mph winds.

Bud is po­si­tioned about 475 miles south of the south­ern tip of Baja Cal­i­for­nia in Mex­ico and is churn­ing to the northwest at around 7 mph. It could bring trop­i­cal-storm con­di­tions to pop­u­lar tourist spots along that penin­sula Thurs­day or Fri­day, in­clud­ing Cabo San Lu­cas.

In the short term, the storm may not be done strength­en­ing.

In the cen­tral and east­ern trop­i­cal At­lantic, re­searchers re­cently de­tected an in­crease in rapidly in­ten­si­fy­ing hur­ri­cane in re­cent decades.

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