Tropical Storm strengthening off Mexico's Pacific coast

2015-07-13 15:18

Miami - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Dolores has gained fresh clout churning over the Pacific off Mexico's southwest coast and is expected to become a hurricane sometime on Monday.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dolores was centred at 22:00 EDT Sunday about 345km south-southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico. Top sustained winds had risen to 85km/h as Dolores moves west-northwest at 19km/h.

Forecasters say a strengthening Dolores should reach hurricane status sometime Monday as it tracks roughly parallel to the coast off southwestern Mexico. A tropical storm watch continues from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Dolores are lashing parts of the coast and total rainfall of 50 to 80mm are expected, more in some areas.

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